Farage reflects on BBC Question Time clash with Russell Brand
Nigel Farage branded Russell Brand “rather rude” as he recalled their BBC Question Time clash.
The GB News presenter reflected on the 2014 showdown as he discussed the comedian and actor facing sexual assault allegations.
Brand vehemently denies the accusations, which allegedly occurred between 2006 and 2013.
Speaking on his GB News show, the former Ukip leader described the Essex-born star as “loud” and “coarse”.
He said: “I’ve got to be honest, I am not a big fan of Russell Brand. He was this hard-left activist and I finished up being against him on Question time in 2014.”
Mr Farage then played a clip of the fiery encounter as the pair rowed over immigration on the BBC programme almost 10 years ago.
In the heated debate, Mr Farage accuses Brand of not answering the audience member’s question on if Britain is “overcrowded”.
Meanwhile, the comedian insists the Brexiteer is “wrong” about immigration.
After the clip, Mr Farage went on: “Well, that was Russell Brand and I’ll never forget just before going on air he had his own two personal makeup assistants and they were combing his chest hair before we went on stage.
“So I thought he was really rather loud, incredibly coarse, rather rude, probably very badly damaged by drugs.
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“As for his behaviour with women, and other people well, I don’t know. It’s not for me to judge, there’s no evidence being produced, there are four people maybe five now that have come out of the woodwork.
“But tell you what gives me pause for thought is I understand that through his YouTube channel and much else he has upset some very powerful people. He’s upset big government, he’s upset Big pharma, he’s upset Bill Gates and everybody.
“But if you go out there and upset people, big powerful people, you’ve got to be pretty clear that there’s nothing they can really hit you back with.
“Well just have a think about this. His 2010 autobiography, which was called Booky Wook, had this quote in it: ‘What kind of a man was I? Treating women in this way? If this is what I’m telling you, can you imagine what’s being left out?’
“I’m not here to pre-judge his guilt, or his innocence, but there are many other things in his own autobiography that he’s written about his behaviour with women that are disturbing, abusive, and not very pretty.”
A joint investigation published over the weekend by The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers, alongside a TV documentary by Channel 4 Dispatches, revealed the allegations facing the 48-year-old, who said on Friday that all of his relationships have been consensual.
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