The comedian today has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse of four women during the peak of his fame in a joint investigation by The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
Among the explosive revelations reported by The Times, the paper notes a live telephone call with the late, disgraced Jim’ll Fix It presenter which aired on Brand’s radio show in May 2007.
When Brand asks if he will meet him, Savile says: ‘If you have got a sister you could meet me by bringing her along. I don’t usually meet fellas but if you have got a sister then that’s okay.’
Russell Brand (pictured in 2017) told Jimmy Savile he would bring a naked female personal assistant when the pair met
Savile, a prolific child abuser, joined a live call with Brand in 2007 to discuss their meeting. This was before his crimes were made public
In response, Brand says: ‘Well I haven’t got a sister but I have got a personal assistant and part of her job description is that anyone I demand she greet, meet, massages, she has to do it.
‘She’s very attractive, Jimmy. Would you like her to wear anything in particular Jimmy?’
Savile replies that he would ‘prefer her to wear nothing’, to which Brand jokes ‘that will not be a problem’ and ‘there’s nothing wrong with that’.
At this point, details had not yet emerged of the prolific child abuse committed by Savile.
Five years after his death in 2011 it was revealed that the presenter, who was one of Britain’s biggest television stars, molested at least 72 children, some as young as eight, over a four-decade campaign of abuse.
In his final years there was growing speculation about his illegal exploits, but the extent of his abuse did not come to light until after his death.
Brand, who famously hosted series including Channel 4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth and a BBC Radio 2 show, found himself shrouded in controversy in 2013 after joking about Savile’s exploits on The Jonathan Ross Show.
Speaking about the Scotland Yard inquiry into Savile’s sexual abuse, Brand joked: ‘Can we just talk a while about how everyone from the 70s was a nonce? What’s f****** going on? I was sat there watching telly and everyone’s a nonce.’
Savile’s horrific reign of abuse dated back to 1959 when he raped a 13-year-old girl, before attacks followed ‘in the corridors, canteens, staircases and dressing rooms of every BBC premises’.
Other vile crimes exposed included the rape of both a virgin teenager in a hotel and a 15-year-old work experience girl he met in the BBC canteen over a cup of tea.
Twenty one of Savile’s female victims were aged 15 or younger, the youngest being eight, while young boys – including an eight-year-old – were also preyed on.
The revelations about Brand come ahead of a much-anticipated Channel 4 Dispatches investigation, Russell Brand: In Plain Sight set to air at 9pm tonight.
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.