Andrew Sachs’ granddaughter has spoken out on the allegations against Russell Brand (Picture: TalkTV/REX)
Georgina Baillie has broken her silence on ‘Sachsgate’ involving Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross in a new interview with Piers Morgan.
Appearing on TalkTV’s Uncensored, Baillie’s interview aired as Brand, 48, finds himself at the centre of several serious allegations from women accusing him of rape, sexual assault, and predatory behaviour over a seven-year period at the height of his fame.
Baillie first made press in 2008 when she was in a relationship with Brand, which she has now clarified was more of a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement. At the time, she was 20 and he was 30.
Years later, Brand was sacked from his BBC Radio 2 show after thousands of complaints flooded in following a pre-recorded interview with talk show host Ross, 62.
During the episode, Brand and Ross phoned Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs and left crude messages on his voicemail. It was in these messages that Brand boasted about having a relationship with Sachs’ granddaughter Baillie.
Addressing the fallout for the first time, Baillie – who now works as an artist – revealed that Brand paid for her rehab to help her recover from addiction.
He also apologised to her personally for putting intimate details of their ‘private’ relationship out into the public domain.
Explaining that Brand was ‘nice’ to her when they were together, Baillie said nothing ‘untoward’ ever happened.
‘I was struggling with addiction for about 10, 15 years, and I was finding it very hard to get clean and sober.
‘One of my mutual friends between me and Russell called him up and said, “Georgie needs some help”, and so he sent me to rehab and I was physically separated from my drug of choice and I got some therapy, and I think that had a big part to play in my recovery journey.
‘He looked me in the eyes and he made amends with me, which is what we do in recovery, we have to make amends with people.’
When probed by Morgan on what Brand said to her, Baillie responded: ‘He just acknowledged that it was a private relationship and it shouldn’t have been made public and that, at the time, he had two daughters, and I think that it really made him grow and change, and I felt it was genuine and that he was sorry.’
This happened in 2018.
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