Russell Brand allegedly exposed himself to a woman in 2008, only to mock the incident minutes later on his radio show.
The “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star, 48, admitted to the act on his BBC Radio 2 program, when he joked about having “showed his willy to a lady,” BBC News reports. He resigned from the BBC that same year following a lewd voicemail he left.
The victim, who the outlet said it would refer to as Olivia, was working in the same Los Angeles building as the BBC’s L.A. branch at the time of the June 2008 incident.
She told the outlet she had let Brand and his team into the building and later “felt someone behind her” after she passed by the radio studio en route to the bathroom to get sinus medication. While crouching down to look through a medicine cabinet, Olivia said she turned around to see a man flashing her and “was startled and got up and realized it was the man that [she’d] let in — Russell.”
Brand, she claimed, proceeded to say he was “gonna f–k [her].”
“I said: ‘No, you’re not,’” Olivia recalled, claiming Brand went on to hold out his penis and “pretty much served it to me as you would be serving someone some food.”
“There was a bit of banter going on because I didn’t know what to do,” Olivia said of feeling trapped due to being inside the closed bathroom with Brand. She said he then tucked himself back in and left after a co-worker called his name.
Olivia learned of the comedian’s radio remarks after she told an employee about the incident and he informed her it had been discussed on the air.
She worried that an allegation could negatively impact her family, or that she wouldn’t be believed because she’s “blonde” and “accented.” As a result, Olivia never pursued a formal complaint with the company.
Despite the on-air recording, the BBC — which was alerted to the incident in 2019 — never reached out to Olivia directly, even to apologize. No formal action was taken, according to the report.
“I feel ashamed, but more so I wonder had something been done, perhaps there would have been fewer women he would have done horrible things to, which we’re reading about in the papers now,” Olivia said.
Brand has yet to respond to the report, which comes on the heels of last weekend’s bombshell allegations by multiple women.
The women have accused the “Get Him to the Greek” star of rape and sexual assault between 2006 and 2013. Brand maintains everything was “always consensual.” However, more women have came forward since the initial allegations.
In the wake of the accusations, Brand’s U.K. tour has been canceled, his YouTube channel — to which millions subscribe — was demonetized, and his shows were yanked from the BBC’s streaming platform.
U.K.’s Metropolitan Police noted it had not yet received reports of assault but urged victims to come forward. Government minister Caroline Nokes wants Scotland Yard to open a criminal investigation into the “incredibly shocking” claims.
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