Spotify has no plans to remove Russell Brand’s content despite damning allegations against him
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Spotify has revealed it has no plans to remove Russell Brand's content despite the damning allegations against him.
The BBC says the streaming service isn't getting involved as the British comedian hasn't violated their terms and conditions for his Under The Skin podcast.
The podcast is described as: "A weekly interview series from Russell Brand that examines what's beneath the surface—of the people we admire, the ideas that define our time, and the history we’re told."
However, when it comes to paying the rights holder Acast for all the streams, Spotify has put the onus on the former to choose what to do.
Acast says ads have been turned off the podcast as a result the allegations.
YouTube has also since demonetised Brand's channel, which boasts more than 6.6 million subscribers.
In a statement sent to LADbible, the video sharing platform said: "We have suspended monetisation on Russell Brand’s channel for violating our Creator Responsibility policy.
"If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community."
They added that Brand's YouTube channel is 'no longer able to monetise on YouTube' and that this decision will apply to ' all channels that may be owned or operated by Russell Brand'.
"Our Creator Responsibility Guidelines are clear that if a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees, or ecosystem, we may take action to protect our community, including by suspending monetisation." the spokesperson said.
They continued to say that 'while these behaviours are rare', they can cause 'widespread harm to the YouTube community, and potentially damage the trust among creators, users, and advertisers'.
Brand is also prevented from trying to start a new account to get around the rules.
The British comedian has also resigned from two companies, One Arm Bandit Ltd and Mayfair Film Partnership Ltd, in the wake of the allegations.
Steven Bartlett’s Diary of A CEO has deleted the episode featuring Brand.
The BBC is also removing content from it iPlayer and Sounds apps because they now fall 'below public expectations'.
Four women have come forward to accuse Brand of rape, sexual assault, and emotional and physical abuse.
He has vehemently denied the allegations and questioned whether there is 'another agenda at play'.
"Amidst this litany of astonishing rather baroque attacks, are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute," he said.
"These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. As I've written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous.
"Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual. I was always transparent about that then, almost too transparent, and I'm being transparent about it now as well."