Female comedian issued warning on 'predators' weeks before Russell Brand claims

Lucy Beaumont opened up about male predators on the comedy scene weeks before allegations of rape, emotional abuse and sexual assault against Russell Brand were made public.

Brand, 48, denied all allegations – made by several woman – in a lengthy YouTube video. This morning, YouTube suspended the Get Him To The Greek star from monetising his video content for ‘violating Creator Responsibility policy’ after the ‘serious allegations.’

The famous TV comic – whose remaining tour shows have now been postponed – also starred in a number of Hollywood films around the time of the alleged assaults from 2006 to 2013. He is now also a wellness guru on the video site, having culminated millions of subscribers over the years.

One alleged victim said she was just 16 when Brand assaulted her while in his thirties in a string of accusations brought forward in a joint investigation by Channel 4 dispatches, The Times and The Sunday Times, from several woman.

Now, a podcast episode recorded in July has resurfaced in which comic Lucy Beaumont claimed there are ’10 to 15′ predatory men on the comedy circuit.

Chatting on The Comedian’s Comedian podcast, host Stuart Goldsmith asked the Hullraisers star, 40, what has held her back the most in her comedy career.

‘Predatory male behaviour,’ she replied.

‘I’ve had quite a few incidences where if you were in any other workforce you would go to HR [Human Resources], but there isn’t one.

‘I think it’s just everywhere and it’s not talked about enough. It upsets me when I hear about young female comics having the same experiences.

‘I thought for a while it was the same five or six people – and now it’s not – I could name you 10 or 15, because of course people talk,’ she claimed.

‘Comedy has the biggest gossips ever so everybody knows – or if you don’t know the ones I know yet then you will do soon.

‘It [comedy] attracts such interesting, passionate, raw, edgy, wounded people – but it also attracts predatory men who are really messed up and sexually have been repressed for years. And they get a bit of fame and display these behaviours.

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‘It just gets covered up. Their agents know and the channels know and nobody seems to be doing anything about it,’ she continued.

‘There’s been times when I’ve just wanted to go on Twitter and just let people know everyone that we talk about, but we’re not allowed to say.’

Katherine Ryan hit the headlines back in 2022 when she told Louis Theroux in an interview it was an ‘open secret’ in the comedy circuit one male comedian was a ‘sexual predator’.

Since, speculation has mounted as to who this figure could be, with various legal restrictions preventing those in the know from publicly naming names.

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