Channel 4’s Dispatches hit with Ofcom complaints over Russell Brand special

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More than 100 complaints have been made to Ofcom regarding Channel 4’s Dispatches documentary featuring allegations of rape and sexual abuse against comedian Russell Brand.

Russell Brand: In Plain Sight: Dispatches aired on Saturday and immediately made headlines.

It’s been revealed since that 134 complaints were issued over the programme.

In the documentary, the 48-year-old was accused of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013 during the height of his fame – claims he “absolutely refutes”.

It seems some viewers weren’t happy with the documentary though, with Ofcom having to publicise when more than 50 complaints have been made over a programme.

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While Ofcom hasn’t revealed the nature of the complaints, some have also taken to social media to complain about the claims made.

Twitter user @EnjoyFascism penned: “If Russell Brand does get charged for sexual assault, how could there be a fair trial (which by the way, we are all entitled to) after the #Dispatches programme was aired? You would imagine the jury would already be influenced. Any legal eagles know the score here?”

@letshearthetru added: “If #Dispatches bothered to think through anything, they might start with asking broadcasters why they continued to hire Russell Brand if they knew from his statements that he was a sex predator.

“These news orgs are fickle beyond & fail to think of his family’s privacy.” (sic)

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@MrHreviews shared: “The Russell Brand investigation was a complete joke, dispatches really did an amateur job! #RussellBrand.”

“#Russell #brand #Dispatches #Channel4 Media is too big and too powerful! I believe in ‘innocent until proven guilty’. I believe in a justice system. Not trial by C4 documentary! Who will be next for a take down? Will this even go to trial??”@E_Whistledown posted. (sic)

However, many praised the documentary, with @Izzymant adding: “#dispatches was, of course, a very difficult watch and a difficult read.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like for the survivors of Brand, and others. Much respect to those brave women, and the journalists who’ve worked for years on this story, and the stories still to come.”

Russell has denied claims of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse at the height of his fame in a statement he uploaded on social media via video.

He stated: “Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute.

“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.”

Read Russell Brand’s statement in full here.

Russell Brand: In Plain Sight: Dispatches is available to watch on More4.

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