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YouTube Suspends Comedian Russell Brand’s Channel Monetisation Amidst Abuse Allegations

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

Controversial comedian Russell Brand,48, faces a severe blow to his online income as the video sharing platform YouTube suspends monetisation on his channel, following serious allegations of abuse. YouTube’s decision was grounded on the platform's "Creator Responsibility policy," which was reportedly breached by Brand. The policy takes into consideration off-platform behaviour of creators that can be harmful to its users, employees, or the ecosystem.

The allegations against Brand include rape and sexual abuse reported by six women, which range from emotional to physical abuse. These accusations significantly escalate the severity of the impact on Brand’s career, leading to his channel's suspension from the YouTube Partner Program. This effectively means that Brand, or any channels possibly associated with him, will no longer be able to monetise on YouTube.

Further consequences of his actions include being dropped by his talent agency, Tavistock Wood. Future representation for the comedian is currently uncertain, and it is unclear whether his long-term publicist will continue working with him. Shows from his ‘Bipolarisation’ tour that were scheduled for this week have been cancelled by the promoter.

The allegations were part of a joint investigation by The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, as well as Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ programme. Metropolitan Police confirmed on Monday that they were contacted by a woman claiming to have been sexually assaulted by Brand in Soho, central London, in 2003. Brand denies all allegations, stating that all his relationships have been “consensual.”

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