Russell Brand’s father, Ron Brand, has shown support for the comedian against allegations that he sexually assaulted women during the height of his fame between 2006 and 2013.
The 80-year-old called the allegations “unproven” and claimed there was a “vendetta” against Russell, 48.
He said, as reported by MailOnline: “Is this seriously the most important thing happening in this world? Immigrants? Cost of living? 10s of thousands killed in Ukraine?
“Who is prioritising at BBC News. Who is really driving this vendetta?
“With many struggling to pay bills. The unproven accusations of 15 years ago take lead on BBC News?”
Russell has denied all allegations against him and said all his relationships were consensual.
He said in a pre-emptive video before The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches aired their investigation that he was “very promiscuous” but that he “refutes these very serious criminal allegations”.
In the statement, 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. Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that.”
Russell previously described his relationship with his father as “strange” in his 2005 autobiography, My Booky Wook.
He wrote that Ron left the family home when Russell was six months old but had a “sporadic” presence in his life.
He said that they didn’t have much in common and that the only two interests they shared were “football and women”.
Russell also wrote that one of his first memories was watching pornography at his father’s house.
He said: “An additional source of dangerous nourishment was my dad’s reservoir of porn. I think I always had a premature awareness of sexuality, but Ron Brand’s penchant for leaving me to occupy my infant mind with his cache of girlie magazines certainly did nothing to stem the erotic tide.”