YouTube has announced that it has suspended actor and comedian Russell Brand from its platform after multiple women accused him of sexual assault.
This suspension will prevent brands from earning money from ads that appear in and alongside YouTube videos.
The brand’s main YouTube channel has 6.6 million subscribers, but it also has other side channels on the social media platform, including “Awakening With Russell,” which has 426,000 subscribers, and 22,200 subscribers. “Stay Free With Russell Brand.”
“This decision applies to all channels owned or operated by Russell Brand,” YouTube said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
The Hill asked YouTube’s parent company, Google, for a statement.
YouTube follows a list of organizations distancing itself from the brand, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which also removed the comedian’s content from its streaming service.
This comes after British politicians called on local authorities to launch an investigation into the allegations against the comedian. A spokesman for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the allegations “should be taken seriously and treated with caution”.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverley told the BBC: “We must be particularly careful when listening to the voices of those who are relatively powerless.” “Because I think we collectively have missed an opportunity to do the right thing and intervene much earlier.”
The 48-year-old brand has publicly denied the accusations made by four women in the incident. channel 4 tv documentaries,and, times and Sunday Times newspaper. He claims that all relationships “have always been consensual.”
The Associated Press contributed.
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