Model and TV star Kirsty Gallacher DELETES Instagram post supporting brother-in-law Russell Brand after investigation accuses him of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse
- Brand has since been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse
Model and TV Kirsty Gallacher appears to have deleted an Instagram story she’d put up this morning to support brother-in-law Russell Brand, following allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse against the comedian.
In a clip posted on social media last night, the 48-year-old host of the ‘Stay Free with Russell Brand’ podcast insisted any relationships he had ‘during his time of promiscuity’ were ‘consensual’ before claiming he is victim of a ‘co-ordinated media attack’.
The comedian has since been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women during the peak of his fame, according to a joint investigation by The Sunday Times and Channel 4.
Ms Gallacher, who is the older sister of Brand’s wife Laura, shared the comedian’s two-minute video this morning on Instagram with a large red love heart.
However, a few hours later and after the investigation was published in full at 4pm BST, the post vanished from her Instagram stories, suggesting she had deleted it.
The Smooth Radio presenter, 47, introduced her sister Laura to Brand in 2007, before the couple married in 2017 – this being the ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ star’s second marriage following his failed relationship with pop star Katy Perry.
Brand said he had received two ‘extremely disturbing letters’ from a ‘mainstream media TV company’ and a newspaper which the comedian said listed ‘a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks, which are untrue’.
The allegations claim to have taken place between 2006 and 2013. One of the alleged victims was said to be a 16-year-old schoolgirl. Brand denied the claims to the newspaper and television channel.
Until now there has been much speculation surrounding what the Channel 4 Dispatches investigation could be about but it has now been confirmed to be an investigation into allegations of Brand’s alleged allegations of rape, sexual assault, as well as controlling and abusive behaviour against women.
The documentary, that will air at 9pm, investigating Brand’s alleged treatment of women and speaking with five alleged victims, four of whom have asked to remain anonymous.
Ahead of this afternoon’s bombshell revelations Brand, 48, last night addressed his fans telling them he had received two ‘extremely disturbing letters from a ‘mainstream media TV company’ and a newspaper.
The father-of-two shared the clip to his 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube, as well as on X and Instagram, late on Friday night.
Brand married his wife, who is currently pregnant with their third child, in 2017. Mrs Brand has not commented anything publicly or shared anything on social media since her husband made the video.
Alongside the support of his sister-in-law, Brand also received the backing of tech mogul Elon Musk as well as self-proclaimed misogynist and Youtuber Andrew Tate, before the rape and sexual assault allegations were made public.
Both men appeared to support the British star’s claims he had fallen victim to an attack from media outlets.
Amidst his denial of the allegations the actor said ‘we have seen coordinated media attacks before’, referring to Joe Rogan announcing he had taken anti-parasite drug Ivermectin to treat his Covid-19 infection during the pandemic.
Brand said he was ‘aware of newspapers making phone calls’ and ‘sending letters’ to people he knows for ‘ages and ages’, claiming he feels that ‘there’s a serious and consorted agenda to control these kind of spaces’, referring to his YouTube channel.
It led to rallying cries from Tate, who took to X posting a cartoon meme of a knight preparing for battle, captioned: ‘On my way to fight the crazy b***h allegations’.
Alongside the image, he captioned it ‘Welcome to the club Russell Brand’.
In a separate Tweet, responding directly to Brand’s video, Tate – who is currently facing charges of rape and human trafficking, which he denies – called the allegations a ‘Matrix attack’.
And the video seemingly won the support of Musk, who appeared to agree with Brand’s comments on the media. He said: ‘Of course. They don’t like competition.’
Both Musk and Brand have experienced similar criticism over the years being branded as conspiracy theorists.
During the pandemic Brand was condemned for airing Covid conspiracy theories and in 2014 he received backlash after claiming he was open minded about the idea the US government might have been behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Tesla boss has also been known to publicly support conspiracy theorists as some ‘have turned out to be true’.
Posting the video on X, where he has 11 million followers, 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’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 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.’
Amongst the ‘very serious allegations’ made, Brand said there was also a ‘litany of astonishing attacks’, which he called ‘some pretty stupid stuff’ including calls for his Community Festival in Hay-on-Wye to be cancelled.
He added: ‘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 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.’
Throughout the clip, he mentioned how subscribers to his YouTube channel had previously written in the comments section ‘watch out Russell, they’re coming for you’.
Brand closes the video, which has already had 4.9million views since it was uploaded to X at 11.21pm on Friday, by saying: ‘In the meantime I want you to stay close, stay awake, but more importantly than any of that – if you can, please – stay free.’
Tonight the comedian will be at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre for his new stand up comedy show, Russell Brand: Biopolarisation.
The event will begin at 6pm and last for us just under two hours.
On the tour’s website, it said the show discusses ‘rules and rules breaking’, ‘democracy and freedom’.
It adds: ‘We reach conclusions from mass confusion by polling the live audience.’
‘Stay free’ is a phrase he frequently used to ends his videos on his channel.
Brand’s statement came amid rumours on social media about whether a scandal about a famous person could feature in the investigation airing today.
Channel 4 has now revealed the 90-minute Dispatches investigation will centre around accusations against Brand of rape, sexual assault, as well as controlling and abusive behaviour.
Five women will share their stories with the channel as part of a joint investigation with the Times.
The investigation has been conducted over the course of more than a year and will air tonight at 9pm.
Accusations are said to include incidents that allegedly took place within the work environment of prime time television shows.
In response to the allegations, Brand told Channel 4: ‘These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream… and as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very very promiscuous…
‘What I seriously refute are these very very serious criminal allegations. There are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media outlets are trying to construct, apparently in what seems to me to be a coordinated attack.’
The programme is due to finish at 10.30pm, but will also be repeated on Channel 4 on Sunday at 10.50pm and on Monday on its sister channel 4seven at 9pm.
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.