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Russell Brand's management agency terminates ties following sexual assault allegations

Management agency Tavistock Wood said it believed it was "horribly misled by him."
Russell Brand.
Russell Brand speaks in Los Angeles in January 2020.Lester Cohen / Getty Images for The Recording Academy file

Russell Brand’s management agency terminated all professional ties to the actor and comedian after sexual assault allegations were published Saturday following a joint investigation by The Times of London, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.

In a statement published Sunday, management agency Tavistock Wood said it believed it was “horribly misled by him.”

“Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly misled by him," the agency said. "TW has terminated all professional ties to Brand.”

Four women have accused him of rape or sexual assault; a fifth accused him of flashing his genitals at her. The U.K. news organizations published the allegations Saturday after a joint investigation.

Brand has denied the allegations.

“But amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” Brand said in a social media post.

One of the women, who alleges Brand groomed and raped her at 16, told The Times that she went to Brand's literary agent at Tavistock Wood in 2020 with the allegations.

Three years later, Brand has been taken down from Tavistock Wood's website.

The U.K. Metropolitan Police Service said it was "aware of the media reporting of a series of allegations of sexual assault."

"At this time, we have not received any reports in relation to this. If anyone believes they have been the victim of a sexual assault, no matter how long ago it happened, we would encourage them to contact police," it said in a statement.

Police also said they spoke with The Sunday Times and will to continue speak with it and Channel 4 "to ensure that any victims of crime who they have spoken with are aware of how they may report any criminal allegations to police."

Some of the events Brand is accused of are alleged to have happened while he was working as a host and presenter for the BBC from 2006 to 2008.

In a statement, the BBC said it is "urgently looking into the issues raised" by the documentary.

“Russell Brand worked for a number of different organisations of which the BBC was one," the statement read. "As is well known, Russell Brand left the BBC after a serious editorial breach in 2008 — as did the then controller of Radio 2. The circumstances of the breach were reviewed in detail at the time. We hope that demonstrates that the BBC takes issues seriously and is prepared to act."

The U.K. women's charity Trevi Women announced that it had cut ties with Brand after the documentary aired on Channel 4 Dispatches.

"We have ended our association with Russell Brand and the Stay Free Foundation," the charity said in a statement, referring to a charity Brand runs to support people recovering from addiction.

CLARIFICATION (Sept. 19, 2023 12:30 pm ET): This article has been updated to clarify the allegations against Brand. Four women have accused him of rape or sexual assault; a fifth accused him of flashing his genitals at her.