Sir Robert Buckland says alleged victims should be given priority in Brand case

By Barrie Hudson - 18 September 2023

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  • South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland

    South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland

South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland has added his voice to the comments on the Russell Brand scandal.

The comedian and YouTube commentator has been accused of rape, sexual assault and abusive behaviour, with several women speaking out in a Channel 4 documentary screened on Saturday evening.
Mr Brand vehemently denies the claims.
Sir Robert was asked during an interview on GB News about investigations launched into Mr Brand's alleged conduct by broadcasters for whom the celebrity had worked.
The MP said: "I think it's probably the hallmark of a more open system and broadcaster to allow teams within their own organisations to do that.
"However, we know the path here is a rather chequered one. We've seen this before with the BBC where units go off and do things unilaterally and then things disappear into a sort of miasma of indecision. I think the Savile case was an appalling example of that, and I very much hope here that we do get clarity and that victims of crime get justice.
"That surely has got to be in everybody's interests. The news is dominated by it today and I think it's important that we now give complainants the space and the time to make their complaints or not, and then for due process to take place as this country is renowned for."
 

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