The BBC has provided an update on its investigation into the alleged conduct of Russell Brand, revealing that five complaints were made about the star, who presented radio shows for the UK broadcaster.
The BBC said the complaints refer to Brand’s workplace conduct between 2006 and 2008, when he was hosting BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 shows.
Two individuals raised concerns during his employment and then repeated their concerns after Brand had left the BBC, according to the update.
A separate complaint was made in 2019 by a third individual, who made allegations about the presenter’s conduct at BBC premises in Los Angeles in 2008.
The BBC said two further complainants have come forward since its review was launched. Peter Johnston, BBC director of editorial complaints, is overseeing the work.
The BBC launched its investigation after The Times, The Sunday Times, and Channel 4 reported allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted four women at the height of his fame. Brand vehemently denies the claims and has said all of his relationships were consensual.
The BBC said the complaints it is investigating are related to workplace behavior, suggesting they do not include allegations of serious sexual misconduct.
They include claims that his conduct in radio studios fell below acceptable standards, including the allegation that he urinated in a bottle in full view of everyone during the recording of a show in 2007.