Russell Brand, a 48-year-old British actor turned anti-establishment influencer on social media, is the target of a lawsuit filed in October in New York and made public Friday night for alleged sexual assault in 2010 on the set of a film in the American megacity.
The lawsuit in New York State's Supreme Court, a lower court, follows accusations and investigations in September and October by media and police in the United Kingdom alleging rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by several women. Mr Russell has rejected the allegations in his country, saying his relations have always been "consensual". The incidents are alleged to have occurred between 2006 and 2013.
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In New York, the alleged sexual assault on the complainant, an anonymous woman known to the American justice system as "Jane Doe", took place on July 7, 2010 on the set of the 2011 comedy Arthur, according to the complaint signed on October 7 but a copy of which was registered by the New York court office on Friday.
The complaint also targets studios and entertainment groups Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Discovery, MBST Entertainment, BenderSpink and Langley Park Pictures. The complainant accuses in the court document "Russell of sexually assaulting (her)" on July 7, 2010.
Brand came in behind me and assaulted me
'Jane Doe', an alleged victim who wishes to remain anonymous
"Prior to the assault, Mr. Brand was visibly drugged, smelled of alcohol and had a bottle of vodka on the set. He then showed off his penis to me, in full view of the cast and crew," according to "Jane Doe." She then said that the sexual assault took place later that day while she was in the bathroom. "Brand came in behind me and assaulted me while a member of the production crew was watching the door," the complainant alleges.
Jane Doe, who wishes to remain anonymous, also writes that she has felt "shame" and "fear" since the alleged events more than 13 years ago, feelings that "have caused irreversible damage to (her) mental health." She said she feared "reprisals" from millions of fans and followers on the American Trip actor's social networks.
At the end of September in the United Kingdom, Russell Brand defended himself on social media, where he has millions of followers, he criticized the British government for asking tech platforms to take action against him.