Susanna Reid aghast by horrifying claim against TV show amid Russell Brand allegations

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Susanna Reid has shared her horror over a claim that’s been made about a TV show amid the disturbing allegations levelled at Russell Brand.

On Saturday, it emerged that Brand, 48, had been accused of rape and sexual assault after several women came forward, following an investigation conducted by The Times, Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches.

The comedian vehemently denied all allegations in a video posted on social media prior to the Channel 4 documentary being broadcast and The Times article being published.

In The Times piece, one of the women who made harrowing claims against Brand, who went on to work for Channel 4, recollected an alleged meeting that took place around late 2013 or early 2014, when Brand was said to have been put forward as a host of a show.

However, there were reportedly concerns over his behaviour at the time.

‘The solution that was offered was that we would take the female staff off the crew – women that have worked hard to get into this industry – now can’t work on particular shows because of fear that they might be assaulted or harassed. I was in disbelief,’ said the woman.

‘That is not the way to deal with the problem,’ said the GMB presenter (Picture: ITV/Getty Images)

Reacting to this claim on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, Reid expressed her disdain and astonishment.

‘One of the allegations and one of the elements that will be subject to one of these enquiries that have now been launched by channels and production companies is that at one stage, one programme said, “Well, we’ve heard complaints, so we’ll take the women off the crew,”’ she said.

‘I mean, if that is true, that the problem was that women were there so the women were denied the work, so that he could carry on, that, by the way, is not the way to deal with the problem.’

Newspaper editor Kevin Maguire chimed in, highlighting the ill-judged perception that some people might have that ‘the victims are the problem’.

Brand has denied the allegations made against him of rape and sexual assault (Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

‘You have this huge talent that is selling the show and pulling in the audiences, and you want to keep them happy, and so you tacitly allow behaviour that is just totally unacceptable. It wouldn’t be the first or last time sadly,’ he stated.

‘Attitudes have changed now, but at one time, it was, “You’re the problem, so just make sure you’re never in a room alone with him.” This used to happen in politics, this used to happen in commercial life. This used to happen in many other workplaces.

‘I’m not excusing it in any way, I’m just explaining how that was a culture. …read more

Source:: Metro


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