YouTube announced Tuesday that it has demonetized Russell Brand and blocked him from making money on the social media platform.
“We have suspended monetization on Russell Brand’s channel for violating our Creator Responsibility Policy. When a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees, or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community,” YouTube said said in a statement.
The company confirmed that the lawsuit was related to “serious allegations” against Brand.
The brand’s main YouTube channel has more than 6.6 million subscribers. The account likely represents a significant source of income that is now cut off. Youtube said its decision “applies to all channels owned or operated by Russell Brand.”
Several British news agencies reported over the weekend published a joint investigation in the 48-year-old British comedian, in which several women accused Brand of sexual assault and rape. The alleged incidents occurred between 2006 and 2013.
According to the story, the women “only felt ready to speak after they were approached by reporters. Several said they felt compelled to do so given Brand’s newfound prominence as an online wellness influencer with millions of followers on YouTube and other sites.”
Brand has vehemently denied the allegations.
He said in a video over the weekend that all of his relationships have been “absolutely, always consensual.” He accused the media of trying to “construct a coordinated attack” against him.
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Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police in London confirmed that a police report was lodged on Sunday – a day after the joint investigation was published – about a 2003 sexual assault in which Brand was allegedly involved, according to the BBC reported.
However, the Metropolitan Police have not confirmed a formal investigation into the allegations or fire.
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