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Russell Brand banned from making money on YouTube after denying sexual assault allegations


Video streaming giant YouTube has said it will “suspend monetisation” on Russell Brand‘s channel for “violating” its “creator responsibility policy”, the BBC reports.

This means the UK comedian, 48, will no longer be able to make money from the videos shared on his YouTube channel.

In a statement, the Google-owned company said: “We have suspended monetisation on Russell Brand’s channel for violating our Creator Responsibility policy.”

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Russell Brand speaks onstage.
Russell Brand has reportedly been suspended from monetising his YouTube videos. (Lester Cohen / Getty Images)

“If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.”

YouTube said it had suspended the Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor’s channel from the YouTube Partner Program “following serious allegations against the creator”.

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“This action means the channel is no longer able to monetise on YouTube,” the statement continued.

The BBC reports the Metropolitan Police had received a report of an alleged sexual assault following the claims aired in the Dispatches documentary.

The comedian has denied the allegations made against him. (PA Images via Getty Images)

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In the documentary and a Sunday Times article, Brand was accused of rape and sexual assaults which allegedly took place between 2006 and 2013.

Brand has denied the allegations. “Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” he said. 

“These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies and, as I have written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous.”

“Now during that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual,” he added.

“I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent, and I am being transparent about it now as well.”

Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service at 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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