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Russell Brand, the fall of a provocateur with millions of fans

He was the provocative comedian par excellence, before transforming into an anti-establishment guru: accused of rape and sexual assault, Russell Brand remains a very popular celebrity on social networks, with millions of subscribers fascinated by his magnetic energy.

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Brand, who has forcefully rejected these accusations from at least five women, has more than 6 million subscribers on YouTube, 11.2 million on X (formerly Twitter), 3.8 million on Instagram and 1.4 on the popular Rumble platform. among conspiracy theorists.

He is 48 years old, he looks like a false Christ with a black and exalted look.

Long best known for his shows featuring hypersexualized jokes, he was a star of British television and radio in the 2000s, for whom nothing was too scandalous or provocative. He himself boasted of multiple sexual relationships, counting more than 1,000 adventures with women.

At the time, a tabloid declared him “fucker of the year” for several years in a row, a title of which he said he was proud.

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Passionate about comedy since his adolescence, he started at MTV at the age of 25, where he was fired for dressing up as Osama bin Laden the day after the September 11 attacks and inviting his dealer to the studios. In 2002, he had his first show on a rock radio station, three years later he started his “Russell Brand Show” on BBC Radio 6 and then transferred to BBC2. He resigned in 2008 after a phone call deemed obscene on air, which generated thousands of complaints.

At the same time, he presents his own show on tour, nourished by the turbulence of his private life, and acts in television series.

Il présente aussi “Big Brother” pendant des années à la television britannique, écrit des chroniques pour le Guardian, et deux autobiographies en 2007 et 2010, évoquant notamment sa cure de détoxification en 2005 aux Etats-Unis pour addiction sexuelle, et ses problèmes avec the drug.

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Their style of dress, their hair and makeup, their provocations and hypersexual jokes may be frightening, but the audience is there.

He went to Hollywood, shot several films, the most famous of which remains “Without Sarah, nothing works” (2008).

He married American singer Katy Perry in 2009, a marriage he ended via text message 14 months later. In an interview with Vogue in 2013, Katy Perry spoke of a “magical man”, funny, but also “very controlling” and a “real truth” – hidden – to explain the end of her marriage. He then had a relationship with Jemima Goldsmith (daughter of billionaire James Goldsmith), separated after a year.

Russell Brand has since remarried blogger Laura Gallacher and the couple is expecting a third child.

Conspiracy theories

In his passionate videos on social networks, which often garner millions of “views”, this follower of conspiracy theories, who has become vegan and practices meditation, denounces the alleged attacks on freedoms in the name of Covid, the traditional media , the politicians. , or talks about a future similar to an apocalypse. He also gives marriage and wellness advice…

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On Tuesday, the YouTube platform announced that it would stop monetizing his channel, due to the accusations against him. “If a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees, or our ecosystem, we take action to protect the community,” YouTube explained in a statement.

The BBC also announced that it would remove certain content from its platform following accusations against it, particularly of rape.

In an investigation that lasted more than a year, carried out by Channel 4, The Sunday Times and The Times, four women accused him of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013. London police said on Monday that they had been seized of another alleged attack. in 2003.

The youngest of his alleged victims was 16 years old at the time of the incident.

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