Russell Brand accused of sexually assaulting actress on movie set in new lawsuit

Russell Brand is facing a lawsuit from an actress who alleges she was sexually assaulted by him on a US film set. The anonymous woman, known as Jane Doe in the New York State Supreme Court documents, claims the incident happened in July 2010 during the filming of Arthur.

In her affidavit, Jane Doe says that Russell "appeared intoxicated, smelled of alcohol, and was carrying a bottle of vodka on set" before the alleged assault on July 7, 2010. She also accuses him of exposing himself to her in front of the cast and crew.

Jane Doe further alleges that Russell Brand followed her into a bathroom later that day and assaulted her. According to the court papers, she "continues to struggle with the resultant trauma", and her lawyers have requested to keep her identity hidden to minimise further harm.

Her legal team also disclosed that she still works as an actor and"fears retaliation from current and future employers". The lawsuit, filed by New York lawyer Jordan K Merson, includes a restraining order against Russell, claiming his client faced retaliation for rejecting Brand's advances when she wasn't allowed back on set for the second and third day of her work assignment.

Warner Bros Pictures and other companies involved in the film are also listed as defendants, according to the legal documents.

The Metropolitan Police are currently investigating several allegations of sexual misconduct against Russell Brand.

In September, the police force confirmed they had received a "number of allegations of sexual offences in London" and other parts of the country.

All the claims are from a while ago, and no one has been arrested yet, the police said.

The comedian and actor has firmly denied the accusations made by four women in an investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4's Dispatches.

This US legal document is the first time such claims have been made against the British comic in court.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, is believed to be seeking an unspecified amount in damages from Russell, who has always maintained that his relationships "were absolutely, always consensual".

Russell Brand was contacted for comment.

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