Russell Brand has been hit with a fresh sexual assault accusation after a woman came forward claiming he behaved inappropriately on the set of his movie Arthur in 2010.
In a lawsuit filed in New York by a woman referred to as ‘Jane Doe’, it is alleged Brand assaulted the woman when she appeared as an extra in a scene filmed inside the Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan in July 2010, just three months before he married pop star Katy Perry.
According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, the woman claimed Brand “appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on set” prior to the alleged assault.
It is alleged he exposed his genitalia in front of everyone while staring at the woman. It was then claimed he followed her into a bathroom where he shoved her into a cubicle and forced her to perform oral sex.
In the documents, the woman claims “a member of the production crew guarded the door from the outside” during the alleged incident.
She was claims she was hired to work on the movie for three days. But after the alleged assault, which supposedly happened on her first day of work, she was not asked to return to set for days two and three. Furthermore, she said she was not paid for her one day of work.
Decades later, the woman says she still suffers fear and shame over what allegedly happened, and is seeking financial damages for the “severe psychological injuries” and financial losses she experienced after the alleged attack.
The fresh claims come two months after Brand was hit with allegations from four women who accused him of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse in a bombshell joint investigation by the Sunday Times and the Channel 4 program, Dispatches.
Brand spoke out following the sex abuse scandal, vigorously denying all the allegations and saying all his relationships have been “consensual”.
“These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. And as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous,” he said in a YouTube video.
“Now during that time of promiscuity the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual. I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent, and I am being transparent about it now as well.”