Russell Brand asks fans to pay £48 subscription fee to support him after huge financial loss
| Last updated
Russell Brand has told fans it's 'absolutely vital' they subscribe to his Rumble channel.
After becoming the subject of a special Channel 4 Dispatches episode which aired last week, Brand faces allegations of emotional abuse, sexual assault and rape.
The 48-year-old comedian has vigorously denied all allegations, arguing it's a 'coordinated attack' on him by the media.
In the video, Brand said followers were 'probably aware that the British government have asked big tech platforms to censor our online content' and that 'some online platforms have complied with that request' but Rumble hasn't.
Brand went on to ask fans to 'follow [him] on Rumble' - saying the platform has made 'a clear commitment to free speech' and is the 'primary platform' he'll be streaming from.
The comedian urges: "That's the only way that we can keep our voice. I need your support now more than ever, more than I ever imagined I would. So follow me, support our channel if you can, if its within your means but more important than any of that, is that you please, if you can, stay free."
In his latest livestream to the platform - which took place last night (Monday, 25 September) - Brand has continued to try and persuade people to sign up to the channel and to also pay for a subscription to the service.
He says: "To watch the rest of this video, please click the link in your description. It's absolutely vital now you join us on Rumble.
"If you can support our channel, please do, it's become evident that this a real necessity, more than ever before. Join us over there, and if you can, please, stay free."
A subscription to Rumble costs a minimum of $60 (£48) per year.
Brand's encouragement for people to subscribe to Rumble follows YouTube revealing it would be suspending the 'monetisation' on Brand's channel for 'violating [its] Creator Responsibility policy'.
The statement, shared 19 September, continues: "If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.
"[YouTube suspended Brand's channel] following serious allegations against the creator. This action means the channel is no longer able to monetise on YouTube."
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact The Survivor’s Trust for free on 08088 010 818, or through their website thesurvivorstrust.org