TalkTV’s Vanessa Feltz has revealed she was put in an “awkward position” and was left “deeply offended” when Russell Brand joked about bedding her daughters live on-air when she was a guest on his show.
Allegations about Russell’s past behaviour surfaced over the weekend, as the comedian has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches, allegations he strongly denies.
On Friday night Russell posted a video across all his social media channels in which he said he denies ‘serious allegations’ being made against him. In a video entitled ‘So, This Is Happening’ on his YouTube channel, the actor and TV personality spoke about “aggressive attacks” being made against him.
“This is not the usual type of video where we critique attack and undermine the news in all its corruption, because in this story, I am the news,” he began. He then claimed that he had received an “extremely disturbing” letter and email from a mainstream media TV company and a newspaper listing “a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks”.
“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.
“During that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent. And I’m being transparent about it now as well.
“And to see that transparency metastasise into something criminal that I absolutely deny makes me question if there is another agenda at play. I don’t mind them using my books and my stand up to talk about my promiscuous, consensual conduct in the past. What I seriously refute are these very, very serious criminal allegations.
“Also it’s worth mentioning there are witnesses whose evidence directly contradicts the narratives these two mainstream outlets are trying to construct, apparently in what seems to me to be a co-ordinated attack.
“I don’t want to get into this any further because of the serious nature of the allegations but I feel like I’m being attacked and plainly they are working very closely together. We are obviously going to look into this matter because it is very, very serous. In the meantime I want you to stay close, stay awake but more importantly than any of that, if you can, please stay free,” he concluded.
Speaking on her TalkTV drivetime show this afternoon about the current furore surrounding the comedian, Vanessa recalled her own encounter with him in 2006.
Vanessa admitted that she already knew Russell from working on other shows with him when she agreed to appear on his chat show, 1 Leicester Square. She then played a clip of the show, in which Russell blatantly asks her: “Can I have it off with either you or your daughters?”
Without missing a beat, she emphatically replied at the time: “No, you may not! No…” Undeterred, Russell persisted: “Vanessa Feltz, come on, some of them are adults.”
“I’ve got two daughters and no, the answer is no,” she reiterated. “None of them?” he asks. “Neither,” she responded. “Will you stop it? No you can’t.”
He then calls her “selfish,” saying “you’ve got two whole daughters and I can’t even have one?”
After playing the clip, Vanessa explained: “It’s terribly awkward when you are a guest on somebody else’s show, particularly in a theatre, which is full of great fans of the presenter…
“I was in this unbelievably awkward position where you don’t quite know what to do. Are you meant to think it’s funny and play along? Are you meant to stand up and walk out in high dudgeon and look as if you are a spoilsport and a party-pooper? What are you supposed to do?” she queried.
“I know, I was deeply offended then, as I remain deeply offended now at the idea of him saying, ‘I want to have sex with you and both your daughters’. I think one of my daughters was 15 years old at the time and the answer was as you saw me say there, was emphatically, ‘No!’”
Watch or listen to Vanessa’s drivetime show from Monday to Friday, 5-7pm, on TalkTV.
Russell Brand has denied all allegations saying that there are “aggressive attacks” being made against him. “Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque, attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” he said.