RUSSELL Brand’s business empire is falling apart as he rushes to close one company and is abandoned by his business partners at two others, The Sun can reveal.
The comedian who came under fire first took the final step of closing down one of his companies last week just days before five women accused him of rape and sexual assault.
Russell Brand rushed to close one company and was kicked out of two others Credit: Getty
His pub The Crown Inn in Oxfordshire was closed and cordoned off on MondayCredit: Reuters
The sign said the pub was ‘temporarily closed’ Credit: Reuters
He and his wife Laura rushed to delist their joint venture, Brand New Collective Ltd, on September 12, days before the abuse allegations were made public, according to Companies House records.
It states that the nature of the business is “licensed restaurants, take-away food, buying and selling of real estate, artistic creation”.
Brand, who denies the allegations, also closed his pub, The Crown Inn, in Pishill, Oxfordshire, which he owns with Laura, erecting a fence and hiring security guards, locals claimed on Monday morning.
Today The Sun can reveal he has been sacked as a director of Mayfair Film Partnership Limited – worth £729,700 – and resigned as a director of One Arm Bandit Limited – worth £61,031 – which is described as providing “performing arts support activities”.
It comes after YouTube suspended adverts on Brando’s channel following the allegations – for “breaching our creator responsibility rules” – potentially losing £1m a year in earnings.
The BBC and Channel 4 also revealed today that they had pulled episodes and podcasts featuring the 48-year-old from their sites.
Episodes of Big Brother, Bake Off and QI have been removed years after they were first uploaded.
In one episode of Bake Off, Brand joked about his drug use.
As the comedian poured his flour on the 2019 show, he said: “I’m good at taking smaller measurements, I took two grams of it mostly on instinct.”
Brand was a director of the Mayfair Film Partnership and One Arm Bandit with his former managers John and Nika Linnen of John Noel Management.
Nik Linnen was even best man at his wedding to Katy Perry – but it seems the pair have now distanced themselves from the comic and are no longer in business with him.
John Linnen said he could not comment for “legal reasons” when approached by The Sun.
Brando’s publicly available records also show that one of his other companies, Pablo Diablo’s Legitimate Business Firm Ltd – a TV production company – took out bank loans totaling £708,446 in relation to his pub in Oxfordshire.
He also personally owes the firm £502,217 even though the company is worth a staggering £4,070,420.
Records also show that his longtime agent Angharad Wood quit his film production company 90 Ninety Films Ltd on September 13, days before the allegations came to light.
A new company Brand established in February 2022 called Stay Free Media Ltd has not submitted any invoices so far.
Brand’s wife, who is believed to be standing by her man despite the allegations, co-owns three of Brand’s companies – Pablo Diablo’s Legitimate Business Firm Ltd, Stay Free Media Ltd and Brand New Collective Ltd – and the pair also own a limited partnership called R&L Brand LLP, which has £211,827 in coffers.
It comes after the Met Police announced yesterday that they were investigating Brand after a new woman came forward on Sunday claiming he had sexually assaulted her in London in 2003.
Five women have already come forward and accused Brando of sexual abuse between 2006 and 2013.
The allegations of sexual abuse were revealed over the weekend by The Sunday Times and C4’s Dispatches programme.
Another woman came forward to The Sun yesterday and alleged Brand stalked her down the street asking for sex.
Brand (48) denies all accusations, insisting that his sexual relations were always consensual.
The Sun contacted representatives of Brando.
Security guards are pictured guarding Brando’s pub following the allegations against him Credit: Reuters
The pub is owned by Brando and his wife Credit: Reuters
Brand and his wife Laura co-own three companies Credits: JAMESY/GOTCHA IMAGES