YouTube has suspended the monetisation of Russell Brand’s channel for “violating our Creator Responsibility policy”, the Google-owned company said.
The tech giants said the suspension, which will still allow Brand to upload videos for his 6.6 million followers but not profit from advertising, was because of the allegations made against him.
In a statement, YouTube said: “We have suspended monetisation on Russell Brand’s channel for violating our Creator Responsibility policy. If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.”
The company said that it had suspended Brand’s channel from the YouTube Partner Program “following serious allegations against the creator. This action means the channel is no longer able to monetise on YouTube”.
The decision applies to all channels that may be owned or operated by the comedian, it added.
Filming from a converted pub in an Oxfordshire village, Brand has developed a loyal fanbase on his Joe Rogan-esque channel where he dissects UFO sightings and “shadowy” conspiracy theories including if a Bill Gates-built laser started the Hawaii wildfires.
Formerly a luvvy of the UK left-wing Brand peaked with his infamous Miliband “you gotta vote Labour” interview believing he could swing the hotly-contested 2015 election after instructing fans to not vote.
But Brand’s tone has transformed he recently hailed Donald Trump’s “bezerker” qualities helping secure headline-grabbing guests from the American right including former Fox host Tucker Carlson, men’s rights writer Jordan Peterson and Candace Owens who is currently banned from YouTube for hate speech against the LGBTQ+ community.
Recent titles of videos include “This Is What They’re Not Telling You About Russia”, “So This Is What They’ve Been Hiding”, “It’s Official: They Lied”, “Are They Just Puppets?”, and “So they DO Run the World.”
He took to the channel to refute the allegations speaking directly to his millions of followers.
The announcement on Tuesday morning comes after the remaining shows on Brand’s Bipolarisation tour were postponed.
The 48-year-old has been accused of rape, assault and emotional abuse between 2006 and 2013, when he was at the height of his fame working for the BBC, Channel 4 and starring in Hollywood films. Brand has strongly denied the allegations, which also include claims of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
The Met Police said in a statement on Monday they had received an allegation of sexual assault in 2003.
The force said: “On Sunday September 17, the Met received a report of a sexual assault which was alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003.
“Officers are in contact with the woman and will be providing her with support.
“We first spoke with The Sunday Times on Saturday September 16 and have since made further approaches to The Sunday Times and Channel 4 to ensure that anyone who believes they have been the victim of a sexual offence is aware of how to report this to the police.”
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