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Russell Brand investigation: what good journalists should have to go through to report sexual assault allegations

By Polly Rippon, University Teacher in Journalism, University of Sheffield
The allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by comedian and actor Russell Brand seemed like a bombshell scoop to many readers and viewers. But for the journalists at The Times, Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches, the publication of their report was the result of four years of reporting, investigating and fact checking.

The claims related to four alleged victims from 2006-13, when Brand was at the height of his fame. Pre-empting…The Conversation

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