Since Saturday, September 16, Russell Brand has been on the front page of all the media. In a long investigation conducted by the Times, the Sunday Times and Channel 4, the comedian is accused by four women of sexual assault, rape and psychological violence, between 2006 and 2013. The day after the publication of the investigation, The Mirror unearthed a seventeen-year-old interview in which Dannii Minogue, already denounced to the tabloid the inappropriate and disturbing behavior of the actor.
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In 2006, Kylie Minogue's sister was indeed the guest of Russell Brand in his show "1 Leicester Square", broadcast on MTV, on the occasion of the release of his album The Hits & Beyond. The apprentice presenter - now recognized as a comedian and comedian - had left him with a striking and unflattering memory. In an interview with the Mirror shortly after, the then 35-year-old singer openly denounced insistent flirting techniques and said she was the victim of harassment.
"He's completely crazy and he's a vile predator. I certainly don't think he's cured of his sex addiction, that's for sure. It always goes too far. Never far enough to be slapped, but usually too far," she said of Katy Perry's ex-husband, before continuing: "He would not accept a no as an answer." Although he is "very smart", Dannii Minogue had also assured that Russell Brand was not his kind of companion, because of his somewhat gothic black makeup. "He wears more makeup than I do. Normally, I like guys with eyeliner. It can be very sexy, but not on Russell."
In addition, the interpreter of I Begin to Wonder had condemned the inappropriate comments made by the host during the interview. "All along, he kept making shocking remarks that I can't even repeat. Just saying those words makes me uncomfortable," she recalled, still to the Mirror. He added: "I was told he had been fired from MTV in the past for wearing an Osama bin Laden costume to work the day after September 11. I couldn't believe that I had agreed to be interviewed by someone who was doing things like that. I was really."
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In turmoil for several days, Russell Brand shared on September 16 a video on his Twitter account - followed by some 11 million followers - to defend himself from the accusations against him. "I received two extremely disturbing messages ... one from a mainstream TV station and the other from a newspaper, listing a litany of attacks... which I absolutely refute, he explains to the camera. The relationships I've had have always been totally consensual. I've always been transparent about that." And to conclude, by asking: "To see this transparency transformed into something criminal that I absolutely deny makes me wonder if there is something else at stake?"