Russell Brand made his first public comments since rape and assault allegations were aired against him, but did not address the claims.
Why it matters
The allegations against Russell Brand are significant as they involve serious criminal accusations of rape and sexual assault. Brand's response, or lack thereof, is newsworthy as it raises questions about his innocence or guilt.
What the papers say
SBS says Russell Brand did not address claims of sexual assault made against him by multiple women. The Independent reports that Brand vehemently denied the allegations and accused relationships of being consensual. New Statesman highlights the disturbing nature of the allegations and draws parallels to the Jimmy Savile scandal.
How we got here
The allegations against Russell Brand came to light through a joint investigation by The Times, Sunday Times, and Channel 4 television. Four women made claims of rape, sexual assaults, and emotional abuse against him.
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