The BBC and Channel 4, the place British actor and comic Russell Model was beforehand employed, introduced on Sunday that they’re conducting investigations into allegations of rape, sexual assaults, and emotional abuse spanning seven years. Russell Model, who’s 48 years outdated, has denied these allegations.
4 girls have alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013 when Model was on the peak of his fame working as a presenter for BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and appearing in Hollywood motion pictures, a joint media investigation stated Saturday.
The broadcasters BBC and Channel 4, together with the manufacturing firm Banijay U.Okay., stated Sunday that they might open inner inquiries into the claims.
“We’re urgently trying into the problems raised,” a BBC spokesperson advised Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The allegations have been made in a joint investigation by The Sunday Occasions, the Occasions and Channel 4 Dispatches.
“Banijay U.Okay. has launched an pressing inner investigation and can cooperate with any requests for info from broadcast companions and exterior businesses,” the manufacturing agency stated.
In line with the Occasions investigation, a number of girls have made a spread of accusations about Model’s alleged controlling, abusive and predatory habits.
In a video launched Friday, Model denied the “very critical legal allegations.”
He stated he had acquired letters from a TV firm and a newspaper itemizing “a litany of extraordinarily egregious and aggressive assaults.”
“Amidst this litany of astonishing moderately baroque assaults are some very critical allegations that I completely refute,” he stated within the video clip posted on-line.
In line with the media studies, one girl alleged that Model raped her in his Los Angeles dwelling, whereas one other claims he assaulted her throughout a three-month relationship whereas she was 16 and nonetheless at college.
Recognized internationally as the previous husband of pop star Katy Perry, Model started his profession as a humorist within the early 2000s.
He hosted the chat present Huge Brother’s Huge Mouth, a spin-off of the favored actuality collection, for 3 years from 2004.
He additionally performed rock star Aldous Snow within the 2008 movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and its 2010 sequel “Get Him To The Greek.”
London’s Metropolitan Police advised AFP that whereas it was conscious of the allegations, “Presently, we’ve not acquired any studies in relation to this.”
“If anybody believes they’ve been the sufferer of a sexual assault, regardless of how way back it occurred, we’d encourage them to contact police,” it stated.