4 ladies have alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, when Model was on the top of his fame working as a presenter for BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and performing in Hollywood motion pictures.
British actor and comic Russell Model, who’s being investigated for claims of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse over a seven-year interval, which the 48-year-old has denied. Image: JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
LONDON – The BBC and Channel 4, former employers of British actor and comic Russell Model, mentioned on Sunday they have been investigating claims of rape, sexual assaults and emotional abuse over a seven-year interval, which the 48-year-old has denied.
4 ladies have alleged sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, when Model was on the top of his fame working as a presenter for BBC Radio 2, Channel 4 and performing in Hollywood motion pictures, a joint media investigation mentioned Saturday.
The broadcasters BBC and Channel 4, together with the manufacturing firm Banijay UK, mentioned Sunday that they might open inside inquiries into the claims.
“We’re urgently wanting into the problems raised,” a BBC spokesperson advised AFP.
The allegations have been made in a joint investigation by The Sunday Occasions, the _Times _and Channel 4 Dispatches.
“Banijay UK has launched an pressing inside investigation and can cooperate with any requests for info from broadcast companions and exterior businesses,” the manufacturing agency mentioned.
In response to the Occasions investigation, a number of ladies have made a variety of accusations about Model’s alleged controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
In a video launched Friday, Model denied the “very severe prison allegations”.
He mentioned 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 relatively baroque assaults are some very severe allegations that I completely refute,” he mentioned within the video clip posted on-line.
In response to the media stories, one girl alleged that Model raped her in his Los Angeles house, whereas one other claims he assaulted her throughout a three-month relationship whereas she was 16 and nonetheless in school.
Recognized internationally as the previous husband of pop star Katy Perry, Model started his profession as a humorist within the early 2000s.
He was the host of the chat present Massive Brother’s Massive 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 now have not acquired any stories in relation to this”.
“If anybody believes they’ve been the sufferer of a sexual assault, regardless of how way back it occurred, we might encourage them to contact police,” it mentioned.