Days after a tide of serious accusations were leveled at comedian and actor Russell Brad, the “alarming” nickname ex-wife Katy Perry had for the 48-year-old has come to light.
Readers may remember that Brand and Perry were married for 14 months between 2010 and 2012, only for their union to unceremoniously fall apart after Brand allegedly text his wife to tell her he was getting a divorce.
And so ended one of the biggest celebrity pairings of the time. Perry’s career continued to go from strength to strength in the years that followed, while Brand – until recently at least – had retained a strong and loyal following.
Yet days ago the Get Him to the Greek star was accused of assaulting four women, following an investigation undertaken by The Times newspaper and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
Dispatches’ documentary alleges that Brand assaulted four women while at the peak of his fame – one victim claimed that she was just 16 at the time. The women have remained anonymous, but gave testimonies that have sparked an investigation.
Brand moved quickly to refute the claims via a video posted to his YouTube channel. The comedian claimed all the relationships were consensual, stating that he was being targeted with a “co-ordinated attack” by the media.
In any case, the claims appear to be being taken very seriously indeed. YouTube have announced that Brand will no longer be earning money from ads on his content, accusing him of “violating” the platform’s Creator Responsibility policy.
Brand’s ex-wife, Perry, hasn’t weighed in on the concerning rumors yet, but journalist Piers Morgan has reportedly revealed an old nickname she used to use for her ex-husband.
Writing in his column for The Sun newspaper, Morgan told how Perry often referred to Brand as “Rasputin”, after the Siberian mystic well-known to the history books.
During a 2013 interview, Morgan claimed that Perry said: “You Brits are all the same, so damn confident… Trouble is, I find that irresistible. I love Brits… Well, not all of them – not Rasputin, obviously.”
As per Morgan, he then raised the topic of the nickname with Brand himself, with Brand replying: “He was a pretty powerful bloke, he could manipulate folk with his eyes.
“I like Rasputin… he was all right, wasn’t he… a mad monk with magical, mystical powers, having it off with everyone, drinking and getting into fights.”
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