Russell Brand joked ‘I was a pest’ to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Russell Brand joked to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby during This Morning in 2013 that he was a “pest” while promoting a Comic Relief concert.

The comedian has recently been accused of rape, sexual assault and controlling and emotionally abusive behaviour. Brand denies all the allegations.

On Saturday, September 16, Channel 4, The Times and The Sunday Times aired their investigation, Russell Brand: In Plain Sight, which details that four women have come forward with allegations about the comedian’s behaviour between 2006 and 2013.

During a live appearance on ITV back in 2013, Brand opened up about his addictive past and described himself as a “pest”.

He said: “I was a pest. I would definitely fit into that category. I’ve got a lust for life Phillip!”

Brand added: “Yes [I was addicted to] chocolate when I was a teenager, then the old pornography but once you try crack and heroin then, you know, it gets you.”

He then went on to discuss the perception of drug and alcohol addiction.

“When you see people on drugs or drunk they are annoying people,” he said. “But when they transition through a program of recovery they can become useful members of society.

“Perhaps I’m an example of that, perhaps not.”

Over the weekend, a Dispatches special was aired on Channel 4 detailing the accusations against Brand.

Before the show was aired, Russell posted a YouTube video denying the claims and said all his relationships were consensual.

Four women alleged that they were sexually assaulted by him during the height of his career between 2006 and 2013.

Russell has since been dropped by his talent agency, Tavistock Wood, claiming that they were “horribly misled” after the claims.

The BBC has stated that they were “urgently looking into the issues raised.” Channel 4 has also launched an investigation.

A Channel 4 statement added: “We will be writing to all our current suppliers reminding them of their responsibilities under our Code of Conduct, as we are committed to ensuring our industry has safe, inclusive and professional working environments.”

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