Here's a timeline of Russell Brand's many controversies, including the sexual assault allegations against him

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Four women accused Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault. Lester Cohen/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
  • Four women have accused Russell Brand of rape and sexual assault. 

  • Brand's been embroiled in controversy several times throughout his career. 

  • MTV fired Brand in 2001 after he arrived at work dressed as Osama Bin Laden the day after 9/11.

Russell Brand is under fire again.

New allegations against the British comedian surfaced after The Sunday Times, The Times of London, and Channel 4 Dispatchers published a joint investigation on Saturday. In the report, four women accused Brand of sexual misconduct, including rape and sexual assault, between 2006 and 2013.

Brand denied the allegations in a video shared Friday before the report was published. It's not the first time he's had to address a controversy.

Here's a timeline chronicling all of Brand's scandals.

In August 2001, Brand was kicked out of a comedy gig for abusive behavior.

Russell Brand poses for photgin October 2017.
Russell Brand said the incident helped him on his path to sobriety.Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

According to The Independent, Brand was performing at the Gilded Balloon during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe when he got kicked out for provoking an audience member who later hurled a glass at him.

Brand has discussed his substance abuse addiction throughout his career, but he said the incident inspired his path to sobriety.

"It probably expedited my journey to not taking drugs anymore, to write material, to start taking comedy more seriously," he said at the time, per the outlet.

That same year, MTV fired Brand for arriving to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden a day after 9/11

Russel Brand onstage at the MusiCares Person of the Year in January 2020.
Russell Brand would later work with MTV again in 2008.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Brand became a video journalist for MTV in 2000 but was out of the job just one year later.

In 2008, The New York Times reported that Brand showed up to MTV studios dressed as the now-departed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden a day after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

During a 2009 interview with Chelsea Handler on her show "Chelsea Lately," Brand said he was high on drugs during the MTV incident.

"I challenge any of you to take crack and heroin and see how it affects your personal, private, and professional life," he said.

Brand and singer Bob Geldof got into a brief row after the NME Awards in February 2006.

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Russell Brand responded to Geldof's jab during the award ceremony.Caroline McCredie / Getty

A YouTube clip shows the moment Brand and Geldof appeared to clash publicly onstage at the award ceremony. Brand presented an award to Geldof but appeared to mispronounce his last name.

"Of course, the winner is Live Aid, so please welcome to the stage, Sir Bobby Gandalf," Brand said.

When Geldof took the stage, he said: "Russell Brand, what a cunt."

Following Geldof's acceptance speech, Brand returned to the microphone and took another dig at Geldof and one of his songs.

"Bob Geldof there, obviously an amazing man to whom we have a lot to be grateful — not him calling me a cunt, of course. Really, it's no surprise he's such an expert on famine; he has, after all, been dining out on 'I Don't Like Mondays' for 30 years."

Brand faced backlash for several comments he made while hosting the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2008.

Russell Brand speaking at the 2008 VMAs.
Russell Brand's comments were ill-received by audiences.Lester Cohen/Getty Images

Brand hosted the MTV VMAs that year, but his remarks onstage ruffled feathers with fans and celebrities alike. Mail Online reported that at one point, Brand discussed then-President George W. Bush and called him a "retarded cowboy."

"Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black President," he said, referring to Barack Obama, who at the time was the Democratic nominee for president. "But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise, why would you have let that retarded cowboy fella be president for eight years?"

He also mocked the Jonas Brothers for wearing purity rings. The Jonas Brothers kept things cordial when they responded to Brand's comments in an interview with BBC later that month.

"For us, it's cool to see that he recognizes we are gentlemen," Nick, then 15, said.

Brand became embroiled in one of his biggest controversies in October 2008: Sachsgate.

Russell Brand at the MTV Video Music Awards.
BBC was fined over Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross' prank calls.Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

Sachsgate began during a "The Russell Brand Show" segment on BBC Radio 2. The Independent reported that Brand and his guest, Jonathan Ross, made inappropriate prank phone calls to actor Andrew Sachs.

During the calls, Brand claimed to have sex with Sachs' granddaughter, Georgina Baillie. According to the Daily Mail, Baillie was 23 then, and Brand was 33.

Per the outlet, the prank calls prompted widespread criticism from listeners and public figures, including then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Both men were suspended from the BBC following the prank calls, and Brand resigned.

The BBC was fined £150,000 — or $185,789 — over the incident, according to The Independent.

Sachs later accepted Brand's apology, Sky News reported.

Brand was arrested at LAX in September 2010 while he was with his then-fiancee Katy Perry.

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand at the 2011 MTV VMAs.Christopher Polk/Getty

That month, multiple media outlets reported that Brand was arrested after an altercation with paparazzi at the Los Angeles International Airport. Brand and Perry were reportedly attempting to board a flight to Las Vegas when the incident occurred.

Brand was reportedly placed under citizen's arrest, per the outlet, and charged with simple battery, resulting in a $20,000 bond.

Perry responded to the arrest on Twitter at the time: "If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me."

Brand promoted medical misinformation on his YouTube channel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russell Brand speaking into a microphone.
Russell Brand's YouTube channel has garnered millions of subscribers.Jeff Spicer/Stringer via Getty Images

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brand promoted ivermectin, a drug several right-wing figures — including Donald Trump — praised as a potential cure to the virus on his YouTube channel.

The CDC and FDA say it is ineffective to treat COVID-19 and warn against its use.

Brand later posted an apology — which he has since set to private — and YouTube removed the original video for violating community guidelines, Vox reported.

Brand also posted YouTube content skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines — with titles like "Can We REALLY Trust Vaccine Fact-Checkers??!" — and claimed there was a "vaccine apartheid" in the United States after CNN anchor Don Lemon criticized those who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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