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Russell Brand has claimed a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her on a film set has a ‘faulty memory’ of what happened and is ‘unable to distinguish acting from reality’ in legal papers denying the allegations against him.

The comedian is alleged to have exposed himself to the woman while she worked on the film Arthur in July 2010 at the Le Cirque restaurant in New York.

According to court documents the woman, referred to as Jane Doe, also claims that the same day the actor-turned-political commentator assaulted her in a bathroom while production staff guarded the door.

In response to the allegations, which have been brought by the woman in a civil lawsuit filed in November, Brand’s legal papers claim he does not recognise the woman or remember speaking to her.

Brand, who at the time was engaged to singer Katy Perry, has also faced a number of other allegations of improper behaviour, including rape and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013. He has denied all of these.

Russell Brand, pictured speaking on The Tucker Carlson Encounter, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a film set in 2010

Russell Brand, pictured speaking on The Tucker Carlson Encounter, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a film set in 2010

The actor, pictured at the launch of Meditation in Education in Los Angeles in 2013, has strenuously denied the allegations

The actor, pictured at the launch of Meditation in Education in Los Angeles in 2013, has strenuously denied the allegations

In papers given to the court Jane Doe, who was an extra on the film Arthur, claims Brand ‘appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol and was carrying a bottle of vodka on set’.

Brand, who was playing the role of drunk millionaire Arthur Bach in the film, claims it was his ‘job to act drunk’ and insists he was sober at the time, the BBC reports.

His legal papers said: ‘Famously, the character, Arthur Bach, originally played by Dudley Moore in the 1981 comedy, Arthur, is a drunk.

‘Brand, an actor and comedian, played the same role in the 2010 remake. While Brand’s job was to act drunk and portray a drunk the film, he did not drink a sip of alcohol or consume any drugs at any time during production.’

His lawyer added that the ‘open alcohol bottle’ was a prop for the film and that Brand had not taken drugs or alcohol for eight years at the of filming. 

They added her ‘faulty memory of the events she alleged in her complaint – more than 13 years after they supposedly happened – is fatal to her claims’.

Speaking to the Sunday Times last year, the woman said she felt ‘disgusting’ after the alleged attack.

She said: ‘I felt used and abused. Disgusting is the only word. I felt like I was being used, that I was just an object for his momentary titillation.’

Russell Brand has been accused of sexually assaulting an actress while filming on the set of 'Arthur' in New York in 2010. Pictured: Brand in the film

Russell Brand has been accused of sexually assaulting an actress while filming on the set of ‘Arthur’ in New York in 2010. Pictured: Brand in the film

The alleged sexual assault is said to have happened three months before Brand married pop star Katy Perry (pictured together in March 2010)

The alleged sexual assault is said to have happened three months before Brand married pop star Katy Perry (pictured together in March 2010)

Brand starred in Arthur as a boozing, philandering heir to a fortune alongside Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig and Nick Nolte. The film was released in 2011

Brand starred in Arthur as a boozing, philandering heir to a fortune alongside Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig and Nick Nolte. The film was released in 2011

In the affidavit, she said: ‘The sexual assault happened later that same day when I was in the bathroom.

‘Mr. Brand entered after me and assaulted me, as a member of the production crew guarded the door from outside.’

The woman claims she ‘suffered and continues to suffer extreme embarrassment, shame and fear’ and now finds it ‘difficult to trust others’ as a result of the alleged sexual abuse.

She said that she is speaking out in the hope that others who have experienced similar experiences will have the courage to come forward.

The alleged assault – which took place while he was allegedly drunk – comes despite Brand publicly celebrating 20 years of sobriety from alcohol and drugs in 2022.

New York Magazine also reported in a 2011 story about Brand and the film ‘Arthur’ that he had been sober for eight years.

Brand starred in Arthur – a remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film – as a boozing, philandering heir to a fortune alongside Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig and Nick Nolte. The film was released in 2011.

‘Arthur’ ended up flopping as a film and largely spelled the end of Brand’s film career, although he starred in Death on the Nile which was released in 2022. 

The woman claimed that she felt too scared to tell others on the set and felt that she had ‘absolutely no power to speak up for myself’.

Actor and comedian Russell Brand pictured filming 'Arthur' on the streets of New York in 2010

Actor and comedian Russell Brand pictured filming ‘Arthur’ on the streets of New York in 2010

The woman alleges in an affidavit that Brand 'appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on set' before attacking her. Pictured: Brand on set filming 'Arthur' in 2010

The woman alleges in an affidavit that Brand ‘appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on set’ before attacking her. Pictured: Brand on set filming ‘Arthur’ in 2010

She added: ‘Everyone usually turns a blind eye to bad behaviour on a set. ‘If I had come forward and said something to, say, even a production assistant on the set, what are they going to do? Are they going to fire Russell Brand, or are they going to fire me?’

In the court documents, the woman says she was initially booked for three days of work on the ‘Arthur’ film but after the alleged assault she was not brought back and only received money for one day.

The lawsuit has been filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which extended the window for alleged victims to sue their abusers. Alleged victims have until November 23 to come forward about historical sexual offences.

The suit seeks unspecified money damages from Brand on grounds of assault, battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.

It is one of a number of allegations made against Brand, who has also been accused of abusive and predatory behaviour, including one rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, between 2006 and 2013 at the height of his fame.

He has vehemently denied the allegations – but the BBC , Channel 4 and production firm Banijay have launched investigations into his behaviour, while the Met Police and Thames Valley police said they are investigating other complaints.

The first allegations included one woman alleging that Brand raped her against the wall of his Los Angeles home without a condom in 2013. She was treated at a rape crisis on the same day, according to medical records seen by The Times.

Another woman alleged he sexually assaulted when she was 16-years-old and still at school in the UK.

Brand (pictured in LA, 2019), 48, has faced serious accusations from a series of women which were revealed in an investigation by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches programme

Brand (pictured in LA, 2019), 48, has faced serious accusations from a series of women which were revealed in an investigation by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches programme

Russell Brand on Big Brother's Little Brother in 2006. Several women have accused him of sexual assault and predatory behaviour

Russell Brand on Big Brother’s Little Brother in 2006. Several women have accused him of sexual assault and predatory behaviour

A third claimed that Brand sexually assaulted her while she worked with him in LA. She alleged she repeatedly told him to get off her and when he finally did he ‘flipped’.

The fourth claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brand in the UK and accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive towards her.

In the wake of the scandal, a fifth woman filed a report to the Metropolitan Police, claiming she was sexually assaulted by the star in Soho, London, in 2003.

Another accused Brand of locking her in a dressing room and pinning her to sofa with a ‘glazed’ look on his face. The alleged incident, as reported in The Sun, was said to have taken place in 2008 when the comic was 33, after a gig in West London.

One woman also came forward claiming Brand exposed himself to her in an office where BBC Los Angeles operated from in 2008, before going to pre-record a programme for Radio 2 where he appeared to joke about the alleged incident.

And another who was named Sarah to protect her identity, claimed the comic had left her feeling ‘vulnerable and intimidated’ after he allegedly refused to get her a taxi until she performed a sex act.

After Scotland Yard launched a criminal probe into Brand, the Mail revealed last month that Thames Valley Police was also investigating ‘information in relation to the harassment and stalking allegations’ made by a woman.

Brand, who has strongly denied all the allegations against him, has built up a large audience on social media. He has more than 11million followers on X (formerly known as Twitter), while he also hosts daily live streams on video site Rumble to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

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