Revealed: Katherine Ryan repeatedly accused Russell Brand of being a ‘sexual predator’ during filming for Comedy Central’s Roast Battle before he was dropped from what was his last major TV job in the UK
Katherine Ryan repeatedly accused Russell Brand of being a ‘sexual predator’ during filming for his last major television job in the UK before he was dropped from the show.
Brand was a judge on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle in 2018 but was only included for one season after Ryan allegedly roasted him on-camera about allegations he sexually assaulted women – which he fervently denied.
The comedian has been subject to claims from a number of women accusing him of abusive and predatory behaviour, including rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, between 2006 and 2013.
The Metropolitan Police have also confirmed they are now investigating an alleged sexual assault in Soho in 2013 – three years before the took place three years before the four sexual assaults’ that Brand had already been accused of.
The comedian ‘absolutely denies’ the allegations and insists all his relationships have been consensual.
Katherine Ryan repeatedly accused Russell Brand of being a ‘sexual predator’ during filming for Roast Battle
Brand, pictured leaving the Troubabour Wembley Park theatre on Saturday, was roasted by Ryan on-camera about allegations he sexually assaulted womem
Roast Battle consists of comedians cracking jokes at each other’s expense. The first season included Brand, Ryan, and Jimmy Carr. Jonathan Ross replaced Brand for the second season.
During filming of the show – created by Fulwell 73 – Ryan reportedly fired allegations at Brand. Her comments did not make the aired show, according to Deadline.
Ryan’s confrontations allegedly revealed how comedians in the industry were openly talking about Brand’s sexual and predatory behaviour.
Brand was allegedly ‘absolutely furious’ after being targeted by Ryan on the show, a source told the paper.
Two other sources claimed he demanded that producers protect him from being roasted about these serious allegations.
Industry insiders have now revealed that they felt it was best Brand step down as a judge on the programme, and that ‘in the end, it came down to the fact that it seemed like Russell didn’t have a good sense of humour’.
This show appears to be one of Brand’s final appearances on UK TV screens, except for on the Great British Celebrity Bake Off in the same year.
Katherine Ryan previously claimed to have told a comedian ‘to his face’ that he was a sexual predator and that accusations against this person were an ‘open secret’.
The Canadian comic and writer told Louis Theroux that she had confronted the unnamed man while they worked together on a TV show in front of the audience ‘again and again’.
Brand was a judge on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle in 2018 alongside Ryan and Jimmy Carr
Katherine Ryan previously claimed to have told a comedian ‘to his face’ that he was a sexual predator and that accusations against this person were an ‘open secret’
Speaking in 2022, the 40-year-old said she had no qualms with doing so as she had decided to handle it ‘like a man’ – although the confrontation itself was later cut from the broadcast.
In her chat with Theroux, Ms Ryan claimed she had received criticism afterwards for not naming the person in question in public, but said just talking about him was a ‘litigious minefield’ as he had ‘very good lawyers’.
The comedian added that it was ‘not my story to tell’ but that she believed the accusations as the sources were ‘very credible’.
In the Dispatches documentary that first revealed the allegations against Brand comedian Daniel Sloss claimed Brand’s behaviour was well-known to many and women would warn each other about him.
He told the show there were ‘many stories with varying degrees of severity’ about Brand that came from a number of different people in the comedy circuit.
Mr Sloss said he was often spoken about in public, with many people in the comedy circuit aware of his alleged abusive and coercive behaviour.
He added that female comedians even spoke of him in WhatsApp groups which they used to warn each other which comedians to avoid.
He said: ‘For many, many years women have been warning each other about Russell.’
Katherine Ryan, Fulwell 73 and a representative for Brand have been approached by MailOnline for comment.