Russell Brand was reportedly questioned by police in 2014 over accusations he sexually assaulted a masseuse after she was hired to give him a £500 birthday massage.
The alleged victim reportedly told police she was “touched in a sexual way” by Brand, 48, at a £5million mansion in Oxfordshire, which she said left her traumatized.
The allegations, reported by The sun on Sundayare the first known case of a comedian being questioned by police over allegations of sexual assault.
The masseuse contacted Thames Valley Police, who questioned Brand. The comedian denied any wrongdoing and the case was dropped.
This comes as Brand’s former school released a call for former students to come forward with allegations after a classmate at Italia Conti performing arts school in central London accused the comedian of groping female students under a “cloak of love “.
The BBC is also currently facing fresh questions over its role in the developing scandal as it investigates allegations surrounding the comedian’s behavior while he worked for Radio 2 and 6 Music.
Comedian Russell Brand has denied any wrongdoing and the case has been dropped
Russell Brand poses with burlesque dancers Vanessa and Valeria at the 2007 Brit Awards Valentine’s Day photocall, Earls Court, London, February 13, 2007.
According to The Sun, the masseuse was hired to give Brand a massage at the Oxfordshire mansion in June 2014.
She claims she was touched by Brand in a sexual manner before being forced to leave the house, which she protested.
Police said Brand told them he was uncomfortable when the woman arrived and decided to forgo the massage. He was then escorted out of the house and left.
He said it was friendly but awkward.
Brand claimed that CCTV supported his version of the story, and police later told Brand they were not pursuing the case.
Separately, Brands’ old school is now appealing to former students to come forward with allegations of abuse.
It follows an allegation that the comic grabbed girls under his “love coat” while he studied at the prestigious performing arts school in central London.
The school is said to be ‘deeply concerned’ by the complaints filed by Tony Brown, according to The mirror.
Comedian Russell Brand has faced a number of allegations of misconduct following a four-year joint investigation by the Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches, published last Saturday.
Brand denies all allegations of impropriety and has said all of his relationships were consensual.
Four women have come forward, including one who claimed Brand raped her against the wall of his Los Angeles home in 2013.
Another woman alleged he was sexually assaulted when she was 16 and still in school.
Following the scandal, a fifth woman filed a complaint with the Metropolitan Police, claiming she was sexually assaulted by the star in Soho, London, in 2003.
The force is investigating the allegations.
A sixth woman accused Brand of locking her in a dressing room and pinning her on a couch with a “glazed” look on her face. The alleged incident, as reported by The Sun, allegedly took place in 2008, when the comedian was 33, after a gig in west London.
On Thursday, a seventh woman came forward, claiming Brand exposed himself to her in an office where the BBC in Los Angeles operated in 2008, before going to pre-record a show for Radio 2 in which he appeared to joke about the alleged incident.
An eighth woman, who was named Sarah to protect her identity, claimed the comic left her “vulnerable and intimidated” after he allegedly refused to give her a taxi until she performed an act sexual.
On Saturday, the Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches reported allegations of abusive and predatory behavior, including rape, sexual assault and psychological abuse, allegedly committed by the comedian between 2006 and 2013.
Mark seen on BBC Radio 2 on December 5, 2014 in London. He denies all allegations
The BBC is under fire over allegations that executives were briefed in 2019 on the alleged incident in which Brand exposed himself to a woman in Los Angeles.
Two former BBC bosses are also facing fresh questions over their roles as part of a wider investigation into Brand’s alleged wrongdoing while he worked at the radio station.
Lesley Douglas, who was head of BBC Radio 2 during Brand’s tenure, was released from confidentiality restrictions so her role could be examined.
New evidence will also “raise questions about the judgment of Sir Mark Thompson”, the former director general of the BBC, according to the Sunday Times.
The BBC has launched an investigation into the new allegations surrounding Brand’s alleged behavior.
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “We are very sorry to learn of these allegations and will look into them.
“We are carrying out an investigation to look into allegations of this nature and if the woman who shared her story would like to speak to us we would be very happy to hear from her and anyone else who may have information.
“A key part of the review is to understand what complaints were made at the time, whether there was knowledge of Russell Brand’s conduct while he worked at BBC radio, and what was done accordingly.”
“We will of course speak to the office team and everyone who worked there in 2008 in this context.
“Furthermore, the Director General has been very clear that some of the programming from this period was, and is, inexcusable and completely unacceptable, and would never be broadcast today.”
MailOnline has contacted Thames Valley Police for comment.