Andrew Sachs’ granddaughter has mentioned that she “doesn’t see Russell Brand as a rapist” from her “own experience” following a string of allegations in opposition to the comedian.
Georgina Baillie, who had a relationship with Brand within the 2000s, added that girls’s tales of sexual abuse ought to all the time be believed and brought critically.
Baillie, 38, was on the centre of the so-called “Sachsgate” scandal in 2008, which noticed Brand and TV presenter Jonathan Ross go away lewd messages about her on her Fawlty Towers star grandfather’s answering machine.
Discussing her relationship with Brand on TalkTV’s Piers Morgan Uncensored, she mentioned: “He was always very nice to me. It was always clear what the parameters were and that was mutually agreed upon and never did anything untoward happen – apart from that [the Sachsgate tapes].
“I used to be combating dependancy for about 10- 15 years and I used to be discovering it very exhausting to get clear and sober. So one among my mutual associates between me and Russell known as him up and mentioned, ‘Georgie wants some assist’, and so he despatched me to rehab.
“And so I was physically separated from my drug of choice and I got some therapy and I think that had a big part to play in my recovery journey.”
Her feedback come after 4 girls made sexual abuse allegations in opposition to the star between 2006 and 2013 as a part of an investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches.
Going on to debate the allegations, she mentioned: “I’m not saying they are lies because you know, it was a long time ago. We all… I think they should be believed and get some help.”
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Asked if she was presuming Brand was responsible, she added: “I, from my own personal experience, do not see Russell as a rapist. However, a lot of the evidence is very compelling, so one has to keep an open mind.”
Brand, 48, denies any allegations in opposition to him. He claimed in a video posted on-line on Friday evening that each one his relationships have been “consensual”.
On Monday one among his accusers claimed a BBC automotive took her from faculty to the star’s home when she was 16 years previous.
“Alice” informed BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour the alleged abusive relationship left her feeling “cheap and dirtied”.
She went on to say Brand’s denial of the accusations was “insulting”, including: “It’s laughable that he would even imply that this is some kind of mainstream media conspiracy. He’s not outside the mainstream.”
Downing Street has additionally described the allegations in opposition to Brand as “very serious and concerning”.