In the midst of a tumultuous week for comedian Russell Brand, Jessica Sutta, a prominent member of the American band Pussycat Dolls, has voiced her support for him. Brand recently broke his silence regarding multiple allegations of rape, se*ual assault, and emotional abuse made against him, albeit in a video filled with conspiracy theories.
The 41-year-old singer, known for her activism against Covid-19 vaccination on social media, joined a chorus of celebrities who commented on Brand's video, which conspicuously sidestepped addressing the serious allegations against him.
On Instagram, she simply stated, "We support you!!!" Brand's week had been marred by relentless headlines, with an increasing number of women stepping forward to accuse him of misconduct following investigations by Channel 4's Dispatches and The Times.
In a preemptive social media statement issued the previous Friday, Brand vehemently denied all allegations, asserting that all his se*ual encounters had been consensual, despite openly discussing his promiscuity. In his latest video, released the same night, Brand expressed gratitude for his followers' support and announced his return to the Rumble, an online video platform where subscribers pay a fee to watch his content.
This decision followed the suspension of advertisements on his YouTube channel due to the allegations.
Brand's Conspiracy Claims Criticized
During the video, Brand leveled accusations against the British government, alleging their interference in censoring his online content.
He also criticized his former employer, the BBC, for its "trust news initiative" targeting fake news. Brand made repeated references to a supposed conspiracy against him by media outlets and insinuated that social media platforms were stifling free speech.
These claims drew criticism from X owner Elon Musk. Jessica Sutta was not the only famous figure to offer support. American personality and actress Alexis Ren and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Hanna Kinsella expressed their solidarity, as did Cameron J Edwards of the record-producing duo Sigma and Se* and the City star Gilles Marini.
Despite Brand's video and the celebrity support, fresh claims of se*ual misconduct against him continued to emerge. One woman, using the pseudonym 'Olivia' for anonymity, alleged that Brand had exposed himself to her in an office operated by BBC Los Angeles in 2008.
Other allegations include rape and a serious se*ual assault on a 16-year-old. The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into an alleged se*ual assault in Soho in 2003. Brand's new video release coincided with a woman's claim that he left her feeling vulnerable and intimidated, allegedly withholding a taxi until she performed a se* act.
As Brand faces mounting allegations and repercussions, his future in the entertainment industry remains uncertain. His PR firm, talent agency, and publisher have distanced themselves from him, while Channel 4 removed his programs from its website.
His YouTube account was suspended from the Partner Programme due to "serious allegations," and his live show, Bipolarisation, was suspended. Brand now looks to Rumble as a platform to continue his content, citing its commitment to free speech.