Russell Brand labelled his BBC Radio 2 show’s newsreader a ‘sex bomb’ and made a series of sexual remarks about her live on air, it has emerged.
In resurfaced recordings, the 48-year-old comedian was heard degrading Andrea Simmons and claiming he wanted to ‘go under the desk’ while she was reading the news.
Branding her ‘erotic’ and a ‘sex bomb’, the former Big Brother presenter shared his fantasies surrounding the BBC employee with his listeners.
He told them at the time: ‘We are going to get under that desk and we’re going to unleash hell on your thighs, woman.’
A BBC spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘The documentary and associated reports contained serious allegations, spanning a number of years.
‘Russell Brand worked on BBC radio programmes between 2006 and 2008 and we are urgently looking into the issues raised.’
The star is currently being investigated by the BBC, Channel 4 and a production company after he was accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse while working for the organisations.
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 Get Him to the Greek actor – who said on Friday night all of his relationships have been ‘consensual’.
The high-profile comedian and actor has denied the claims – including controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour – which have been made by four women relating to alleged incidents between 2006 and 2013 in the UK and US.
Allegations made against him include one woman who claims she was sexually assaulted during a three-month relationship with Brand when she was 16 and still at school.
The woman described his behaviour towards her as ‘grooming’ as he would allegedly provide her with scripts on how to deceive her parents into allowing her to visit him.
Following her accusations, the BBC is facing questions after it has been alleged that he used the corporation’s car service to pick up the 16-year-old from school so she could visit his him at his home, according to The Times.
The woman claims she met Brand when he was 30 and a presenter on Radio 2.
He later left the station after he made headlines in 2008 when he and guest Jonathan Ross left a ‘lewd’ voicemail for Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs – who died in 2016 – about his granddaughter.
The broadcaster previously said it is ‘urgently looking into the issues raised’ while Brand worked on BBC radio programmes between 2006 and 2008.
Brand’s former agency Tavistock Wood, commented on the allegations and said in a statement sent to Metro.co.uk: ‘Russell Brand categorically and vehemently denied the allegation made in 2020, but we now believe we were horribly misled by him.
‘TW has terminated all professional ties to Brand.’
Metro.co.uk contacted Russell’s reps and the BBC for comment.
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