Russell Model may remarkably emerge from probably career-ending accusations about his alleged behaviour in the direction of ladies with a big portion of his fanbase nonetheless intact, a PR professional has mentioned.
The comic has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by a number of ladies, together with one who mentioned she was 16 on the time, following a three-year-long investigation by a number of information retailers.
He has since been dropped by a ladies’s charity he was working with, whereas TV manufacturing corporations and channels have launched probes into his alleged behaviour.
Model, who’s presently taking his new stand-up present, Bipolarisation, on a tour round Britain with dates developing in Windsor, Plymouth and Wolverhampton this month, denies claims and launched a video final week insisting his relationships had been ‘consensual’.
In recent times the comic has featured in function movies resembling Demise on the Nile and Minions: The Rise of Gru, whereas additionally internet hosting a each day podcast on video platform Rumble.
Russell Model, pictured on the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre final evening, may maintain a considerable amount of his fanbase regardless of the allegations in opposition to him, a PR professional has mentioned
The comic has strenuously denied allegations that he raped, sexually assaulted and emotionally abused a number of ladies. Pictured: Model in a video launched on social media denying the claims
In recent times Model has discovered work as a slapstick comedian, podcaster and actor. Pictured: The 48-year-old within the 2022 movie Demise on the Nile
The 48-year-old, who lives in a £3million seven-bedroom Oxfordshire mansion together with his spouse Laura and their two kids, is believed to have accrued £16million in wealth since his meteoric rise to fame, in line with Celeb Web Value.
This has seen him function in hit movies together with Despicable Me and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, write finest promoting novels resembling My Booky Wook and go on a number of sell-out stand-up excursions of Britain.
In recent times he has constructed up a loyal following of followers on social media – he has 3.8million followers on Instagram, 6.6million subscribers on YouTube, 11.2million followers on Twitter and 5.9million on Fb.
Among the many most devoted followers are listeners to his podcast, on which he rails in opposition to ‘Huge Pharma’ and the mainstream media, in addition to selling conspiracy theories.
The allegations of ‘sinister’ behaviour in the direction of ladies made in opposition to him have the potential to finish careers in showbusiness.
These embody claims he made runners on Huge Brother’s EFourum, which was later often called Huge Brother’s Huge Mouth, ‘act like pimps’ by demanding they get the numbers of ladies within the viewers for him.
One employees member claimed she felt she was ‘groomed’ for intercourse by the presenter, whereas one other mentioned they’d reported issues about his behaviour to managers at manufacturing firm Endemol. Banijay UK, which purchased the agency in 2020, has launched an investigation into the claims.
Within the investigations, one lady alleged Model raped her in opposition to the wall in his Los Angeles residence when she was in her 30s. One other – whom he allegedly known as ‘the kid’ – informed how the presenter focused her when was 16 years previous and nonetheless at college, and he was aged 30.
Nonetheless, regardless of these claims, PR professional Mark Borkowski says the comedian may retain a big proportion of his fanbase at the same time as manufacturers and his fellow comedians desert him.
Mr Borkowski, who has labored in public relations for greater than 40 years, says the injury to Model’s fame will largely depend upon whether or not his supporters imagine stories about his alleged behaviour.
He mentioned the 48-year-old has determined to ‘wage warfare’ on the mainstream media by claiming they’re out to get him and he has constructed up an viewers who’re inclined to imagine him.
Talking to MailOnline, Mr Borkowski mentioned: ‘For all of the writing about this, Russell Model has I do not know what number of hundreds of thousands of followers of his social media.
‘That is going to be a matter of who they will belief and whether or not the mainstream media has the identical energy that they’d on the time of Harvey Weinstein.
‘He [Brand] has an viewers and plenty and many people who find themselves engaged in his content material. He is making this a warfare in opposition to them [the mainstream media].’
He added that the comic’s denial of the accusations was paying homage to how Donald Trump offers with accusations of improper behaviour.
Mr Borkowski mentioned: ‘I believe there will probably be a profound quantity of people that will stand by him. Usually with allegations like this your profession could be over, however not on this case, which is attention-grabbing.
‘He is a fantastic content material generator. He did not get to the highest of his career as a result of he is mediocre. He has the ability to bewitch his viewers.’
The PR guru added that the individuals inside the organisations the place Model was working have inquiries to reply.
He mentioned: ‘It is a triumph for investigative journalism. I am certain it should win numerous awards, it’s extremely thorough, they’ve clearly been engaged on this for a while.
‘It throws up questions in opposition to somebody who has been allowed a certain quantity of energy due to his expertise and his meteoric rise.
‘It questions Russell Model but in addition these in governance in TV. There will probably be lots of people themselves this morning – these individuals in energy in the present day will not be the identical ones in energy that presided over this.’
He added that Model was in impact dealing with ‘trial by media’.
‘There is a query whether or not he will face police motion, however the query in the meanwhile is of social media – the person is not going to get a good trial when the police have the proof to prosecute him.
‘Extra individuals could come ahead, different individuals may see a chance. It is a very complicated case, blended between previous media and social media. I do not suppose it should be so simple as others suppose if he will be Trumpian about it.
‘The crimes he is been accused of are horrendous, and are damaging for him and for individuals had been taking care of him on the time.
‘I have been concerned in a lot of these crises [in PR] and it simply is dependent upon whether or not any person accepts what they’ve carried out.
‘By way of all this the alleged victims could by no means see justice. Trial by media and verdict by media wouldn’t be correct retribution for what they ladies declare to have suffered.’
Final evening, the Met Police mentioned it had been made ‘conscious’ of media stories about ‘a sequence of allegations of sexual assault’ and urged any alleged victims to return ahead.
However in an extra-ordinary pre-emptive fightback, Model took to social media forward of the 90-minute Dispatches documentary to the social media to ‘completely deny’ a string of ‘very critical prison allegations’.
Whereas TV bosses examine the claims made by Model’s accusers, the comedian has obtained assist on-line from the likes of Andrew Tate, Elon Musk, Laurence Fox and his sister-in-law Kirsty Gallacher.
Andrew Tate took to X, posting a cartoon meme of a knight getting ready for battle, captioned: ‘On my technique to battle the loopy b***h allegations’
In a separate Tweet responding to Model’s video he referred to as the allegations made in opposition to the comic a ‘Matrix assault’
Responding to the Tweet, tech mogul Elon Musk informed Model: ‘In fact. They do not like competitors’
Clean Radio presenter Kirsty Gallacher shared Model’s video on her Instagram story with a big purple love coronary heart, nonetheless, a number of hours later and after the investigation was printed in full at 4pm BST, the put up vanished from her Instagram tales, suggesting she had deleted it
Showing to assist Model, Tate mentioned ‘Welcome to the membership Russell Model’ accompanied by a cartoon meme of a knight getting ready for battle, captioned: ‘On my technique to battle the loopy b***h allegations’.
Tate, who’s presently dealing with expenses of rape and human trafficking – which he has denied – in a separate Tweet responded to Model’s video calling it a ‘Matrix assault’.
In the meantime, Tesla and X proprietor Musk, additionally appeared to again the underneath fireplace star’s feedback on the media. He mentioned: ‘In fact. They do not like competitors.’
In a video questioning the allegations in opposition to Model, Fox mentioned: ‘It is fascinating to see some components of the legacy media speaking about Russell Model like we’re going to imagine something they are saying about something.
‘No matter Russell Model acquired as much as, and I can assure it as a result of I used to be round, all the pieces he would have carried out, would have been kind of acceptable.
‘As a result of in any other case his producers would have referred to as him out and fired him.
‘Now that could be an uncomfortable factor to cope with for individuals however that is how the world was then.’
His sister-in-law, mannequin and TV star Kirsty Gallacher, initially gave the impression to be in assist of Model, who’s married to her youthful sister Laura.
She shared his video to her Instagram story with an enormous purple love coronary heart – however only a few hours after the complete investigation was printed the put up, which stays up for twenty-four hours, had disappeared.
Nonetheless, well-known names from the British comedy circuit appeared to distance themselves from Model.
Mock of the Week presenter Jo Caulfield took to X this morning, writing: ‘In no matter trade you’re employed in, maintain talking out.
‘Predatory behaviour and abuse is incorrect…. It is a tragic and age previous story and it has to cease.’
In the meantime, British comic Sofie Hagen additionally spoke out in opposition to alleged lurid behaviour inside the trade.
She wrote: ‘In my present present, I briefly speak about a comic who was as soon as preying on a 16 yr previous woman AND IT WASN’T EVEN RUSSELL BRAND. It was ANOTHER ONE.
‘The web is flooded with statistics and examples of what occurs to victims who report sexual assault or individuals that talk out in opposition to predators, so if it bugs you that all of us maintain speaking about unnamed predators, then know, it most likely bugs us too that they are unnamed.’
And comedian Dom Joly wrote: ‘The quantity of individuals defending Russell Model, slagging off the ladies concerned and believing that that is all as a result of Model is a few ‘menace to the Matrix’ is pure Trumpism and deeply, deeply miserable…’
Russell Model’s feedback in full:
Howdy there you awakening wonders. Now this isn’t the same old sort of video we make on this channel the place we critique, assault and undermine the information in all its corruption as a result of on this story I’m the information.
I’ve obtained two extraordinarily disturbing letters – or a letter and an e mail – one from a mainstream media TV firm, one from a newspaper itemizing a litany of extraordinarily egregious and aggressive assaults, in addition to some fairly silly stuff, like my neighborhood competition needs to be stopped and I should not be capable of assault mainstream media narratives on this channel.
However amidst this litany of astonishing somewhat baroque assaults are some very critical allegations that I completely refute. These allegations pertain to a time once I was within the mainstream, once I was within the newspapers on a regular basis, once I was within the motion pictures, and as I’ve written about extensively in my books I used to be very, very promiscuous.
Throughout that point of promiscuity the relationships I had had been completely all the time consensual. I used to be all the time clear about that then, virtually too clear, and I’m being clear about it now as effectively.
And to see that transparency metastasized into one thing prison that I completely deny makes me query is there one other agenda at play.
Significantly when we have now seen coordinated media assaults earlier than, like Joe Rogan the place he dared to take a medication the mainstream media did not approve of and we noticed a spate of headlines of media retailers all over the world utilizing the identical language.
I’m conscious that you simply guys within the feedback have been for some time saying ‘be careful Russell, they’re coming for you,’ ‘you’re getting too near the reality’, ‘Russell Model didn’t kill himself’.’
I do know a yr in the past there was a spate of articles: Russell Model is a conspiracy theorists; Russell Model is true wing.
I’m conscious of newspapers making cellphone calls, sending letters to individuals I do know. For ages and ages, it has been clear to me or at the very least feels to be there is a critical and consorted agenda to regulate these sorts of areas and these sort of voices.
I want my voice alongside together with your voice. I do not thoughts them utilizing my books and my stand as much as speak about my promiscuous sexual conduct prior to now. What I severely refute are these very, very critical, prison allegations.
Additionally its price mentioning that there are witnesses whose proof immediately contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media retailers are attempting to assemble, apparently in what appears to be to me a coordinated assault.
Now, I do not need to get into this any additional due to the intense nature of the allegations however I really feel like I am being attacked and plainly they’re working very intently collectively.
We’re clearly going to look into this matter as a result of it is rather, very critical.
Within the meantime, I need you to remain shut, keep awake however extra importantly than any of that, if you happen to can keep free.