Four women are accusing British comedian Russell Brand of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse. The allegations were made as part of a joint investigation by the Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4's Dispatches, as the BBC reported at the weekend. Brand firmly rejected the allegations in a video message. Meanwhile, the comedian's wife, Brit Laura Gallacher, is pregnant with their third child. On Saturday, before the allegations against her husband were made public, she deleted her Instagram account.
Gallacher comes from a privileged and prominent family. Her father Bernard is a Scottish golf legend himself and was once the youngest British golfer to compete in the Ryder Cup. Brand's sister-in-law, Laura's sister Kirsty, is a TV presenter and has worked for Sky as a sports presenter and model, among other things. It was she who introduced Brand and his now wife to each other. Brand was working for a British radio station at the time and met 18-year-old art student Laura.
The two were together for some time - a liaison that Bernard Gallacher didn't like. He was bothered by the large age difference between the two; Brand is twelve years older than his current wife. According to the Daily Mail, the former golf pro "begged" his daughter not to get involved with Brand. "Bernard is a very straightforward guy," a source told the British newspaper.
After the two separated, the comedian pursued his Hollywood career. He probably became known to a wide audience at the time through a few film roles and his short marriage to Katy Perry. Over the years, Brand and Gallacher met again and again. They had an on-off relationship. The couple's first daughter was born in November 2016, and the two married a year later, before their second daughter followed in July 2018.
It is not known how Brand's family-in-law feels about him after the allegations. Kirsty Gallacher shared Brand's video denying the allegations on her Instagram story, but deleted it a short time later.
Quellen: "Daily Mail" / "The Sun" / "Times"
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