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Russell Brand YouTube Channel Monetization Suspended for ‘Violating Creator Responsibility Policy’

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Naman Ramachandran Google-owned YouTube has suspended advertisements on videos by comedian and actor Russell Brand after allegations of rape and sexual assault.

YouTube said it had suspended the monetization of Brand’s channel for “violating our Creator Responsibility policy,” adding that the action was in order to “protect” its users. “If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action,” said a YouTube spokesperson told the BBC on Tuesday.

The allegations against Brand were first made in a joint investigation by The Times of London, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 documentary “Dispatches” over the weekend.

They saw four women accuse Brand of sexual assault and, in one case, rape. The BBC and Banijay, who employed the comedian at the time the incidents were said to have taken place, have launched an investigation into the claims.

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