Russell Brand’s publisher is ‘pausing’ all future book projects with the comedian after allegations of sexual assault were made against him.
The Get Him To The Greek actor, 48, has found himself at the centre of a legal storm after several women accused him of rape, sexual assault, and controlling behaviour.
The alleged victims say the incidents took place between 2006 and 2013, when Brand was at the height of mainstream fame with various gigs on TV and radio shows.
Brand denied the ‘very serious allegations’ in a video shared on Friday night, while the BBC and Channel 4 have since launched investigations.
Now Bluebird, an imprint of Pan Macmillan which has published Brand’s titles including Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions and Mentors: How To Help And Be Helped in recent years, has issued a statement.
The company told the PA news agency: ‘These are very serious allegations and in the light of them, Bluebird has taken the decision to pause all future publishing with Russell Brand.’
An upcoming title by Brand entitled Recovery: The Workbook was due to be published by Bluebird in December 2025, according to company’s website.
Meanwhile, bookseller Waterstones has confirmed its own stance and explained that the ‘current situation’ will see them continue to sell his previous titles.
In a statement given to Metro.co.uk, Waterstones said: ‘As a bookseller, we work closely with publishers in circumstances when an author or individual titles are subject to scrutiny.
‘We are consequently in close contact with Russell Brand’s publishers about the decisions they are making regarding the availability of his titles.
‘The current situation is that, with no recent publications, there is very limited stock in our bookshops. Until publishers decide otherwise, his older titles are available online at http://Waterstones.com.’
Following the allegations, copies of his autobiography My Booky Wook have been slapped with a bargain price of 75p – almost 15 times cheaper than its RRP – at a charity shop in Edinburgh, Scotland.
‘I’m not too sure who will be going out of their way to read it,’ a passerby added told Jam Press, adding that they were ‘a bit surprised to see it right at the front’.
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