Russell Brand appeals for subscribers on Rumble after being accused of sexual assault and demonetized on YouTube.
Why it matters
The story is significant as it involves a well-known comedian facing serious allegations and the subsequent impact on his online presence and income.
What the papers say
The Independent reports that Russell Brand has urged his followers to support him financially on Rumble after being demonetized on YouTube. The article highlights Brand's denial of the allegations and his claim of being censored. The Times and The Telegraph also cover the story, focusing on the investigation into the allegations and the response from Rumble, which rejects the demand to demonetize Brand's channel. The Mirror and NY Post provide similar coverage, with The Mirror mentioning the involvement of TikTok and the letter from Dame Caroline Dinenage, chair of the Commons Culture Committee.
How we got here
Russell Brand has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013. The allegations surfaced after a joint investigation by The Times, Sunday Times, and Channel 4's Dispatches. YouTube has demonetized Brand's channel, and the Metropolitan Police has opened an investigation into the allegations.
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