Russell Brand cancels comedy dates after sexual assault allegations

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LONDON – Russell Brand postponed the remaining dates of a comedy tour Monday, two days after British news organisations published an investigation in which several women accused him of sexual assault.

The British comedian, 48, was scheduled to perform two shows as part of his Bipolarisation tour this week.

But in a statement provided Monday by the Theatre Royal Windsor, which was set to host Brand on Tuesday, the comedian’s promoters said the tour’s remaining dates would not go ahead. “We don’t like doing it,” the statement added, “but we know you’ll understand.”

Last Friday, Brand denied what he called “serious criminal allegations” against him in a video posted to his YouTube channel. That statement was released shortly before three British news organisations published an investigation in which four women accused him of sexual assault, including one accusation of rape.

“Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” Brand said in the video, adding that past sexual encounters had been “always consensual”.

Since two newspapers, The Times of London and The Sunday Times of London, and Dispatches, a television programme, published their joint investigation, several organisations associated with Brand have distanced themselves from the comedian and actor who had prominent roles in the 2008 rom-com Forgetting Sarah Marshall and a 2011 remake of the film Arthur.

On Monday, The Bookseller, a British trade magazine for the publishing industry, reported that Brand’s publisher, Bluebird, was pausing its work with the comedian. Bluebird had been scheduled to publish Recovery: The Workbook, a guide to overcoming addictions, on Dec 28. Bluebird did not respond to a request for comment.

Later Monday,

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