YouTube suspends Russell Brand amid sexual assault allegations

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The Associated Press reported that YouTube said that the decision applies to all channels that may be owned or operated by Russell Brand.

Brand, whose main YouTube channel has 6.6 million subscribers, has other side channels on the social media platform, including “Awakening With Russell” — which has 426,000 subscribers — and “Stay Free With Russell Brand,” with 22,200 subscribers.

“This decision applies to all channels that may be owned or operated by Russell Brand,” YouTube said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.

The Hill has reached out to Google, YouTube’s parent company, for a statement.

YouTube follows a list of organizations distancing themselves from Brand, including the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), which also removed content from the comedian from its streaming services. The Hill has reached out to Google, YouTube’s parent company, for a statement. James Cleverly, Foreign Secretary at the BBC, said that we should listen carefully to those who have little power. “Because we, I think, collectively have missed opportunities to do the right thing and intervene much, much earlier.”

Brand, 48, has publicly denied the allegations made by four women in a Channel 4 television documentary, and in the The Times and the Sunday Times newspapers. He has maintained that all of his relationships were “always consensual.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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