Dannii Minogue labels Russell Brand a ‘vile predator’ who ‘wouldn’t take no for an answer’ in resurfaced interview
Australian popstar Dannii Minogue labelled disgraced comedian Russell Brand a ‘vile predator’ who ‘wouldn’t take no for an answer’ nearly 20 years before a bombshell exposé alleged he had assaulted multiple women throughout his life.
Brand was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women during the peak of his fame, following a joint investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
Four women told the news organisations that Brand had assaulted, abused and controlled them individually at different points of his career, allegations that Brand has denied.
But nearly 20 years before these allegations came out, Dannii Minogue seemed to be saying similar things about the comedian.
She told the Mirror in 2006 at the Michele Watches Summer Party: ‘He is completely crazy and a bit of a vile predator. I certainly don’t think he has cured his sex addiction, that’s for sure.
Russell Brand (pictured in 2006 at the Shockwaves NME Awards) was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women during the peak of his fame
Dannii Minogue (pictured in 2006 at the Michele Watches Summer Party) said at the time: ‘He is completely crazy and a bit of a vile predator’
‘He wouldn’t take no for an answer. […] He always goes that step too far. Never quite far enough to slap his face, but usually too far.
‘He’s obviously very intelligent – but he wears more make-up than I do. Normally I love guys with eyeliner on. It can be very sexy, but not on Russell. Absolutely no way, never, he’s just not my type.’
‘I was told he got sacked from MTV in the past for wearing an Osama bin Laden costume to work the day after September 11.
‘I couldn’t believe that I’d just agreed to be interviewed by someone who would do something like that, it really unnerved me. And then throughout the whole interview, he kept making shocking remarks that I can’t even repeat. Just uttering the words would make me blush.’
One woman alleges Brand raped her against the wall in his Los Angeles home.
Nadia alleged Brand sexually assaulted her against the wall of his LA home (pictured is a trailer for the Dispatches investigation on Channel 4)
Among the allegations, which Brand denies, included the alleged rape of a woman (pictured is an image from the trailer of Channel 4’s Dispatches, set to air later tonight)
Russell Brand took to his YouTube channel to ‘absolutely deny’ what he called ‘serious allegations’ ahead of a mystery Channel 4 Dispatches investigation
Brand (pictured in 2008) said that during his ‘time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual’ and that he was ‘always transparent about that’
A second woman alleges that Brand assaulted her when he was 31 and she was 16 and still at school. It is claimed the actor referred to her as ‘the child’ during an emotionally abusive and controlling relationship that lasted for about three months
A third woman alleged the comedian sexually assaulted her while she worked with him in Los Angeles and that he threatened her with legal action if she told anyone.
While the fourth claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brand who she alleges was physically and emotionally abusive towards her.
Sharing his 2min 45sec monologue to his 11million followers on X and 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube, Brand lashed out at ‘aggressive’ media claims as he insisted any relationships he had ‘during his time of promiscuity’ were ‘consensual’.
He accused the news organisations of coordinating an attack on him, telling his followers: ‘Is there another agenda at play? Particularly when we’ve seen coordinated media attacks before, like with Joe Rogan, when he dared to take a medicine that the mainstream media didn’t approve of, and we saw a spate of headlines from media outlets across the world using the same language.’
His video drew backing for tech billionaire Elon Musk, who owns X – formerly known as Twitter, and self-professed misogynist social media star Andrew Tate.
Tate – who recently won his freedom after months of house arrest amid an investigation into sex trafficking claims against the kickboxer and his younger brother, took to X, posting a cartoon meme of a knight preparing for battle, captioned: ‘On my way to fight the crazy b***h allegations’.
Laura Brand, who is expecting their third child, has not commented anything publicly or shared anything on social media since her husband made the video. Pictured: The couple together in July
Russell Brand and wife Laura are seen on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
Alongside the image, he captioned it ‘Welcome to the club Russell Brand’.
Tate, who is currently facing charges of rape and human trafficking – which he has denied – in a separate Tweet responded to Brand’s video calling it a ‘Matrix attack’.
Brand also appeared to win the support of tech tycoon Musk, who appeared to sympathise with him. ‘Of course. They don’t like competition,’ he replied to the comedian’s video on X.
Later, Brand’s sister-in-law Kirsty Gallacher appeared to show her support for the controversial celeb.
The Smooth Radio presenter, 47, who is the older sister of Brand’s wife Laura, shared the comedian’s two-minute video on Instagram with a large red love heart.
Brand married his wife, who is currently pregnant with their third child, in 2017. Mrs Brand has not commented anything publicly or shared anything on social media since her husband made the video. She has since appeared to delete her Instagram account.
Last night, Brand performed at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, in London, for his new show, Russell Brand: Bipolarisation.
The sold-out event took place between 6pm and 9.30pm.
MailOnline understands the sold-out Tuesday performance of the show, at London’s Theatre Royal Windsor venue is also still due to go ahead.
Gigs in Plymouth, on Friday, and Wolverhampton, on September 28, are also still listed.
On the tour’s website, it said the show discusses ‘rules and rules breaking’, ‘democracy and freedom’.
On June 1 2023, talent agency Tavistock Wood was still representing Russell Brand on their website
Today, however, the comedian is nowhere to be seen on the website. Last night he denied ‘criminal allegations’ in a video online
It adds: ‘We reach conclusions from mass confusion by polling the live audience.’
‘Stay free’ is a phrase Brand frequently used to ends his videos on his channel.
But hours before he was due to take to the stage, Brand was seemingly removed from the his agency websites.
Following his denial of allegations against him and ahead of the Channel 4 documentary tonight, Brand’s PR firm MBC PR and talent agent Tavistock Wood no longer advertise him as a client on their websites.
However, it’s understood MBC PR still represent him.