‘I know people have been warning each other about him’: Comedian Daniel Sloss tells Channel 4 Dispatches programme Russell Brand’s alleged behaviour was an open secret in the industry
Women would warn each other about Russell Brand and his behaviour was openly discussed in the industry, comedian Daniel Sloss has claimed.
The revelation came as Brand was yesterday accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women during the peak of his fame.
Mr Sloss, a Scottish comedian and actor, was the only person on Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary who did not conceal his identity.
He told how there were ‘many stories with varying degrees of severity’ about Brand that came from a number of different people in the comedy circuit.
Female comedians even spoke of him in WhatsApp groups which they use to tell each other of which comedians or agents to avoid. ‘I know for many many years women have been warning each other about Russell,’ he said.
He said Brand was often spoke about in public, with many people in the comedy circuit aware of his alleged abusive and coercive behaviour.
He said: ‘He was a big name, big big household name. If you were a comedian and got to gig with him you’d be gigging with a celebrity.
‘I’m stood in bars with agents, promoters, channel commissioners and I’m hearing these allegations and rumours with Russell in the same room, and later on he would be on a movie, on a television show, he would be hosting something. He was still being employed,’ Mr Sloss said on the programme aired last night.
Mr Sloss then goes onto launch an attack on ‘people higher up in authority’, arguing that there is more they could have done to confront Brand.
‘Questions that should have been asked about Russell before he was employed for certain things, I do not believe they were asked.
Comedians even used Brand’s predatory behaviour as material for their sketches, and were told to stop soon after.
‘I know that there are comedians who did references in jokes to Russell’s alleged crimes and have either been asked or told not to do those jokes anymore,’ Mr Sloss said.
Brand has denied all allegations reported in the joint investigation by The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
In a video posted online on Friday, he stated all of his relationships have been consensual, before accusing the media of a ‘co-ordinated attack’.
In the clip, the 48-year-old claimed he was facing a ‘litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks’.
‘Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,’ he said.
‘These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies and as I have written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous.’
Russell Brand’s comments in full:
Hello there you awakening wonders. Now this is not the usual type of video we make on this channel where we critique, attack and undermine the news in all its corruption because in this story I am the news.
I have received two extremely disturbing letters – or a letter and an email – one from a mainstream media TV company, one from a newspaper listing a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks, as well as some pretty stupid stuff, like my community festival should be stopped and I shouldn’t be able to attack mainstream media narratives on this channel.
But amidst this litany of astonishing rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute. These allegations pertain to a time when I was in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies, and as I’ve written about extensively in my books I was very, very promiscuous.
During that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent, and I am being transparent about it now as well.
And to see that transparency metastasized into something criminal that I absolutely deny makes me question is there another agenda at play.
Particularly when we have seen coordinated media attacks before, like Joe Rogan where he dared to take a medicine the mainstream media didn’t approve of and we saw a spate of headlines of media outlets around the world using the same language.
I am aware that you guys in the comments have been for a while saying ‘watch out Russell, they’re coming for you,’ ‘you are getting too close to the truth’, ‘Russell Brand did not kill himself’.’
I know a year ago there was a spate of articles: Russell Brand is a conspiracy theorists; Russell Brand is right wing.
I am aware of newspapers making phone calls, sending letters to people I know. For ages and ages, it’s been clear to me or at least feels to be there’s a serious and consorted agenda to control these kinds of spaces and these kind of voices.
I need my voice along with your voice. I don’t mind them using my books and my stand up to talk about my promiscuous sexual conduct in the past. What I seriously refute are these very, very serious, criminal allegations.
Also its worth mentioning that there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct, apparently in what seems to be to me a coordinated attack.
Now, I don’t want to get into this any further because of the serious nature of the allegations but I feel like I’m being attacked and plainly they are working very closely together.
We are obviously going to look into this matter because it is very, very serious.
In the meantime, I want you to stay close, stay awake but more importantly than any of that, if you can stay free.