This post contains references to sexual assault.
Four women have accused Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault when he was at the height of his fame.
In response to the allegations, the 48-year-old released a video statement. "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've written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous."
Brand continued, "Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual."
Here's everything we know about what happened, including old interviews that have resurfaced since the allegations were made public.
What did Russell Brand do?
A woman has alleged that Brand sexually assaulted her in 2006 when she was 16 years old and still at school. Brand was a 30-year-old at the time of their three-month relationship, working as a BBC radio presenter and hosting Big Brother’s Big Mouth.
She told the Sunday Times that Brand starting 'grooming' her after an encounter at Leicester Square in London. He allegedly approached the teen girl, who was out shopping, then went through her shopping bags and said, "You’re going to wear this on our date this week.”
After telling her mother about what happened, the girl was encouraged to text Brand her age. She says he was undeterred, and at their first meeting, asked her to confirm she was indeed 16.
What she claims followed were weeks of what the woman described as sexually and emotionally abusive behaviour. She said he referred to her as “the child”, sent a car to pick her up from her secondary school, asked her to save his name as “Carly” in her phone, and gave her “scripts” on how to deceive her parents.