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Russell Brand's controversial interview praised by Carol McGiffin

Russell Brand’s controversial interview praised by Carol McGiffin


Russell Brand claims his son was undergoing surgery when allegations hit (Picture: Carl Court/Getty Images)

Russell Brand has spoken out for the first time since he was hit with a string of sexual abuse allegations last year in a controversial interview.

The comedian has previously denied the accusations on his personal YouTube channel and has now appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show in a 45-minute chat.

Sharing clips on X, Carlson describes the 48-year-old’s conspiracy-laden ‘explanations of the modern world’ as ‘brilliant’.

Quote tweeting the lengthy ramble on politics and the allegations against Brand, radio presenter Carol McGiffin wrote: ‘Tucker’s right, it is brilliant.’

The 63-year-old former Loose Women presenter has previously landed in hot water for showing her support for him and liking tweets calling him a ‘hero’.

In Brand’s first public interview since he was the subject of a Channel 4 and The Times documentary in September, the St Trinian’s actor addressed the allegations against him.

Carol McGiffin called the interview ‘brilliant’ (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
Brand was interviewed on Tucker Carlson’s show (Picture: Tucker Carlson/YouTube)

The documentary made public the findings of a joint investigation into Brand’s behaviour at the height of his fame and since this, more women have come forward with accusations of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse.

He continues to vehemently deny any wrongdoing, claiming all encounters were consensual and in the new interview added: ‘Of course, I deny any allegations… that have been advanced. I reject the allegations in the strongest possible terms.’

Brand told the Fox News presenter: ‘My son was born with a heart condition, while this was happening he was undergoing heart surgery at 12 weeks old.’

He shares three children with his wife Laura Gallacher – who was a 19-year-old art student when she met the then 30-year-old Brand – including Mabel, seven, Peggy, five, and a three-month-old son.

He shares three children with wife Laura Gallacher (Picture: Simon Ford/REX/Shutterstock)
Brand met Laura when she was a 19-year-old art student (Picture: Startraks/REX/Shutterstock)

Describing the crimes as ‘appalling’, he said: ‘I put myself in a vulnerable position by being very promiscuous.

‘Attacks like this, accused of what I consider to be the most appalling crimes, is very painful and hurtful. But there are consequences to the foolish way I lived in the past.’

Brand has maintained that the charges are a ‘deliberate profound attempt to shut down any dissent in an astonishingly aggressive way.’

The Rock of Ages actor is currently under investigation, having reportedly spoken to the Metropolitan Police in November and then again in December.

He has denied the allegations against him (Picture: Rumble)
Brand has been accused of sexual assault, emotional abuse, and controlling behaviour (Picture: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Despite having his shows removed from streaming platforms and being dropped from deals, Brand has gained a concerningly large following online.

Metro.co.uk exclusively revealed that the Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor has gained 140,000 YouTube subscribers since the documentary was released.

The average number of likes on his YouTube videos increased by 31% from 23,284 in the four months leading up to the accusations going public, to 30,610 since the day of the exposé.

This boost isn’t due to him posting more and driving engagement on his page; the amount of videos he’s posted since the allegations has actually decreased by 35%.

His 12-week-old was undergoing heart surgery when the allegations dropped (Picture: LMGC/GC Images)
Since the allegations he has actually gained followers on YouTube (Picture: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

In the wake of the allegations, numerous celebrities spoke out against the Brand, including fellow comedian Ed Byrne.

The 51-year-old star told Metro.co.uk: ‘The stuff he allegedly got away with, he allegedly got away with because he was a TV star.

As far as I know, if he was carrying on that way in a dressing room at a comedy club, he would have been dealt with.

‘I know he was a comedian, but to me it’s more about tolerance for this kind of behaviour in the TV industry – he said, making sure he never works in TV again.’

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