LONDON — Three British information organizations reported Saturday that comic and social influencer Russell Model has been accused of rape, sexual assault and abuse primarily based on allegations from 4 ladies who knew him over a seven-year interval on the top of his fame.
Model denied the allegations and mentioned that each one of his relationships have been consensual.
The Sunday Occasions, The Occasions of London and Channel 4’s “Dispatches” mentioned that one girl alleged she had been raped, whereas three others accused him of sexual assault. One of many ladies additionally mentioned he had been bodily and emotionally abusive.
The ladies mentioned that they solely felt prepared to inform their tales after being approached by reporters, with some citing Model’s newfound prominence as a web based wellness influencer as an element of their resolution to talk.
Earlier than the tales had been printed, Model posted a video on-line denying the allegations, which had been outlined in two “extraordinarily disturbing letters” from a “mainstream media” tv firm and a newspaper. He didn’t determine the information organizations by title.
“Amidst this litany of astonishing, slightly baroque assaults are some very critical allegations that I completely refute,” he mentioned. “These allegations pertain to the time once I was working within the mainstream, once I was within the newspapers on a regular basis, once I was within the films and, as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I used to be very, very promiscuous.”
“Now throughout that point of promiscuity the relationships I had had been completely, at all times consensual,” he added. “I used to be at all times clear about that then, virtually too clear, and I’m being clear about it now as properly.”
Model additionally advised that the reviews had been a part of a coordinated assault designed to discredit him due to his views. Model has been criticized for expressing skepticism about COVID-19 vaccines and interviewing contentious podcasters like Joe Rogan.
“To see that transparency metastasized into one thing felony, that I completely deny, makes me query is there one other agenda at play,” Model mentioned.
Model rose to fame as a stand-up comedian in Britain within the early 2000s, which led to starring roles on Channel 4 and later BBC Radio, the place he capitalized on a status for outrageous habits and risque banter.
He later made the soar to Hollywood, showing in movies corresponding to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” in 2008 and the remake of “Arthur” in 2011. Model was married to U.S. pop star Katy Perry from 2010-2012.
In recent times, he reworked himself right into a political commentator and influencer posting YouTube movies on topics corresponding to private freedom and the COVID-19 pandemic.