Russell Brand Sexually Harassed A Wardrobe Girl – But Don’t Worry, It Was Funny

Russell BrandLet’s not pretend like movie sets operate just like any other office building. Obviously they have their own rules, their own brand of etiquette and their own relationships. And since I’ve never worked on a movie set, I probably don’t understand all of the unspoken codes of conduct. However, I’m pretty sure that demanding a woman show your her breasts is not considered acceptable behavior. Or God I hope it isn’t.

On the set of Eric Idle‘s musical What About Dick?, production was apparently halted for two hours because Russell Brand refused to perform until his wardrobe girl showed him her tits. That’s right, a grown man an paid professional just sat there like a toddler who was refused candy because he wanted to see a woman’s breasts.

According to the story reported in The Sun, the woman involved was not happy about the request and refused to give in for quite a while. It wasn’t until she started to get worried about the movie production itself and the time delays that she finally acquiesced, apparently saving an entire film with one lift of her shirt. That wasn’t so hard, right? Wrong.

I guess we’re all supposed to feel better about this disgusting incident because Bill Connolly ha a conscious an gave the comedian a stern lecture about appropriate behavior. The whole thing is being brushed off as “a bit of fun.” And an insider reports,

“Russell is a charming scoundrel and everybody let him get away with murder on set — except Billy.

But after their heart-to-heart he settled down and gave a great performance and filmed the scenes like a consummate professional.”

I’m sorry, random anonymous source, but no. Russell Brand doesn’t get to be referred to as a “consummate professional” after an incident like that. It wasn’t just a schoolyard prank that Brand pulled before having his wrist slapped.

This is a grown man who demanded that a woman, who was simply trying to do her job, expose her breasts to him. She HAD to do it, just because he was powerful and he said she did. This isn’t just “a bit of fun.” It’s disgusting. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable.

As a female working in any industry, I would love to know where the directors an producers were during all of this. Where were all the people waiting for Brand while he was refusing to work until he could see some boobs? Because if they were aware of what was going on and they did nothing to remove this woman from the situation and correct Brand’s completely horrible behavior, they’re just as despicable as he is.

Russell Brand’s behavior wasn’t just a bit of fun, it was sexism as its worst. It was degrading, not just to the female who was put on the spot, but to working women everywhere who are more than a set of breasts for a guy to ogle. The actor and anyone who stood by and watched it happen should all be ashamed of themselves.

(Photo: Daniel Tanner/ WENN.com)

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    • BJ

      I think a better question would be “where the fuck were the editors when this article was being published?” This piece is so poorly put together it literally makes me want to remove my corneas. I can only assume after reading “… because Bill Connolly ha a conscious an gave the comedian” that you are, in fact, short a chromosome, because nobody with a modicum of common sense would think that that is a proper sentence. Please do journalism a favour and stop typing.

      • Bec

        Im pleased that an incident like this can be boiled down to a few typoes. Russell Brand is an abusive jerk, bu that’s okay because the writer of this story missed a few d’s

      • Bec

        Yes, I noticed I missed the t in but.

      • pixiedust8

        You seem like a really nice person. There was no more polite way to point out some typos. An abusive meltdown in the comments section was totally appropriate.

      • hazzatori

        Im refusing to read this until you show me your tits, or at least grow the fuck up!

    • BJ

      I think a better question would be “where the fuck were the editors when this article was being published?” This piece is so poorly put together it literally makes me want to remove my corneas. I can only assume after reading “… because Bill Connolly ha a conscious an gave the comedian” that you are, in fact, short a chromosome, because nobody with a modicum of common sense would think that that is a proper sentence. Please do journalism a favour and stop typing.

      • Bec

        Im pleased that an incident like this can be boiled down to a few typoes. Russell Brand is an abusive jerk, bu that’s okay because the writer of this story missed a few d’s

      • Bec

        Yes, I noticed I missed the t in but.

      • pixiedust8

        You seem like a really nice person. There was no more polite way to point out some typos. An abusive meltdown in the comments section was totally appropriate.

      • hazzatori

        Im refusing to read this until you show me your tits, or at least grow the fuck up!

    • Hawaiigirl

      Are there any other reports on this incident besides “The Sun”? If that’s the only source, I have to question its authenticity.

    • Davey

      [(better) CITATION NEEDED]

    • Robson

      This is a terribly written article.

    • NoPage 3

      People still believe The Sun? How quaint.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/features/yin-and-yang-how-billy-connolly-calmed-down-just-dont-mention-piers-morgan-8412113.html

      “That [widely reported] story,” says Connolly evenly, “is a total
      invention. A complete fabrication. It’s total bollocks. It never
      happened. Russell was very well-behaved, and I found him very
      interesting.”

    • Lou

      Since I heard Billy Connelly say this never even happened…well who would you trust more? The Sun or…anyone but the Sun??

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    • check your sources

      this story isn’t true

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    • Ally

      Because The Sun is full of factual stories…

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    • Shushed

      Did you write this with 3 fingers?

    • forzaitalia

      Did a fucking 3 year old write this article? Sort out your spelling and grammar.

    • jonathan doe

      According to the story reported in The Sun? So it’s bull sh!t in other words?

    • jonathan doe

      BTW If the the grindstone is quoting the Sun, you are truly scraping the bottom of the barrel!

    • Kadizzle

      Nice little rant Lindsay Cross but this is a completely fabricated story, which you probably would have been aware of had you done your research like, I don’t know… say… a journalist?

      I also like the fact you mock the use of a ‘random anonymous source’ yet don’t cite a single source for your entirely untrue story.

      I’m embarrassed for you.

    • Spud

      As soon as you wrote ‘according to the sun’ I wrote this article off as drivel.

    • Brandon Maxwell

      Saying things that aren’t true in print about people that actually exist is called libel. I would try to sort that out ASAP.

    • Guest

      ‘According to the story reported in The Sun’, I stopped reading there. Lazy and dangerous ‘reporting’.

    • Gareth Jones

      Because if the sun says it, it MUST be true!

    • Me

      “the woman involved was not happy about the request and refused to give
      in for quite a while. It wasn’t until she started to get worried about
      the movie production itself and the time delays that she finally
      acquiesced, apparently saving an entire film with one lift of her shirt”
      …Come on love, this sounds fucking ridiculous.

      • The Shockmaster

        It sounds like it was written by a child.

    • The Shockmaster

      Stopped reading at “as reported in The Sun”… Opinions aside, the guy is campaigning for the poorest in society and trying to scare politicians into changing their ways by shouting from the roof tops that they aren’t obliged to pick the major parties.

      So more help for the poor and better government. The Sun takes offence to that?

    • murmurd1n

      Date of incident? Factual basis? Point of article??

    • Bethany Wenner

      I don’t believe that this happened. I’m a feminist, I think women are treated horribly in the workplace, I think sexual harassment is rampant and dismissed all the time, and I also do think from watching him with female interviewers that Russell has a tendency to be sexist, but I don’t believe even for a second that he did this. Makes no sense and it’s completely out of character. Also, you need to check the “d” key on your keyboard. Every time you should’ve written “and”, you wrote “an”.

    • Surly

      FFS can you please pull this down? this story has been disproven, and this only brings the integrity of the rest of your “journalism” into question.

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