Singer Katherine McPhee has spoken out after a clip resurfaced displaying her bouncing up and down on Russell Brand’s lap.
The 39-12 months-previous stated the incident, which occurred throughout The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2013, was ‘innocent’.
Brand, now 48, appeared on the discuss present a decade in the past and tried to flirt with the married actress.
But on Monday the singer – who has been married twice – poured chilly water on such ideas.
‘This particular incident was over 10 years in the past and it was innocent,’ she acknowledged.
The video resurfaced as Russell has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by 4 girls throughout the peak of his fame, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
Resurfaced: Video footage of Russell Brand suggestively bouncing Katharine McPhee on his lap has been unearthed in the wake of bombshell allegations
Awkward: The comedian, 48, appeared on Jimmy Fallon ‘s Tonight present again in 2013 the place he tried to flirt outrageously with the married actress, 39
The explosive allegations are stated to have taken place between 2006 and 2013, whereas Russell was a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4. He has denied the claims.
During the Jimmy Fallon interview, Russell refused to maneuver out of the interview chair as Katharine stepped as much as discuss to the host.
The tv presenter grabbed Katharine’s hand with the actress jokingly sitting on his lap. He instructed Jimmy: ‘She’s welcome to sit down right here’.
The host then instructed Russell: ‘No Russell, do not even say for the queen, you possibly can’t.’
The comedian then shouted: ‘For the queen’ as he suggestively bounced Katharine, who appeared shocked, and rapidly leapt up.
Jimmy put his hand to his face and seemed pressured as Russell instructed Katharine: ‘you are stunning’.
Jimmy stated: ‘Russell, please cease. Look away.’
Brand, who is known for his acerbic, extremely sexualised and outrageously crude comedy, joked: ‘I’ll simply sit right here with my sexual charisma’.
Russell continued to flirt with Katharine all through the interview, earlier than coming to the realisation she was married to actor Nick Cokas, 58. The couple had married in 2008 however later divorced in 2016. She then married for a second time, this time to composer David Foster, 73.
Brand continued: ‘As , I’ve introduced it, I discover Katharine very enticing and I feel when she stated ‘trade numbers,’ I believed issues I’d wish to trade with her.
Russell then shouted: ‘Numbers. Genes. Genetic information. Data.’
Controversy: Jimmy tried to intervene as Russell began bouncing Katherine on his lap
‘I did not know you have been married!’: Russell continued to flirt with Katharine all through the interview, earlier than coming to the realisation that she was married to actor Nick Cokas, 58
Ex-husband: Katharine married Nick in 2008. They cut up in 2016 (pictured in 2012)
After Jimmy spoke about Katharine’s husband, Russell interjected: ‘I did not know you have been married. I’m going to f**okay off now.’
It comes as The Times and Sunday Times declare ‘a number of girls’ have come ahead with undisclosed allegations about Brand’s behaviour throughout the early 2000s in wake of their joint investigation with Channel 4 which was printed on Saturday.
The maverick actor and stand-up comedian has strenuously denied any wrongdoing and blamed the ‘mainstream media’ for the ‘litany of astonishing, relatively baroque assaults’.
The newest allegations – which the newspaper says haven’t been investigated, however will now be ‘rigorously checked’ – observe accusations from 4 girls, together with one who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brand throughout a 3-month relationship with him when she was 16 and nonetheless at college.
Denial: Brand has lashed out at ‘aggressive’ media claims as he insisted any relationships he had ‘throughout his time of promiscuity’ have been ‘consensual’ in a 2min 45sec monologue
Allegations: Russell has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by 4 girls. Alice (pictured) alleges Russell sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years previous
The BBC is now additionally going through ‘pressing questions’ after it was claimed Brand used his firm-supplied automobile service to select the woman up from college.
It comes as each BBC and Channel 4 have launched inside investigations into separate accusations of predatory behaviour by Brand in the direction of workers and viewers members throughout the time of his employment.
Channel 4 has since eliminated all programmes linked to Brand from its web site, together with episodes of The Great British Bake Off and Big Brother’s Big Mouth in which he was featured, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Netflix has since been urged to take away his comedy particular, titled Re:Birth, from its streaming catalogue.
The BBC’s probe was introduced minutes earlier than Scotland Yard piled on the strain by saying that detectives wish to converse to the comedian’s alleged victims.
Among the complaints raised in the investigation have been allegations by one lady, who alleged Brand raped her towards the wall in his Los Angeles house.
Another lady alleged the comedian sexually assaulted her whereas she labored with him in Los Angeles and that he threatened her with authorized motion if she instructed anybody.
While the third claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brand who she alleges was bodily and emotionally abusive in the direction of her.
The fourth lady, referred to as Alice to guard her id, stated she was 16 when he choked her throughout a sexual act.
She alleges he took her virginity, was ‘preoccupied’ with her being ‘harmless and pure’, and sometimes referred to her as ‘The Child’.
Alice described his behaviour in the direction of her as ‘grooming’ as Brand would allegedly present her with scripts on learn how to deceive her mother and father into permitting her to go to him. She additionally claimed he would ship his ‘BBC automobile’ to her secondary college to select her up.
‘The first time I used it, he instructed me it was booked to take him to his radio present however he had a good friend taking him as an alternative so I ought to use that automobile,’ she instructed The Times.
She claimed the chauffeur as soon as took her from Brand’s house to her grandmother’s home and that on a separate event the identical automobile ‘picked me up from college’.
Alice added: ‘It was the identical automobile…I knew that that was a BBC automobile.’
The BBC didn’t initially decide to an inquiry however amid the rising outcry, it shifted its place final night time and a spokesman stated it was ‘urgently trying into the points’.
In an announcement, a BBC spokesman stated: ‘The documentary and related experiences contained critical allegations, spanning a lot of years.
‘Russell Brand labored on BBC radio programmes between 2006 and 2008 and we’re urgently trying into the points raised.’
Brand has lashed out at ‘aggressive’ media claims as he insisted any relationships he had ‘throughout his time of promiscuity’ have been ‘consensual’ in a 2min 45sec monologue to his 11million followers on X and 6.5million subscribers on YouTube.
He accused the information organisations of coordinating an assault on him, telling his followers: ‘Is there one other agenda at play?
‘Particularly after we’ve seen coordinated media assaults earlier than, like with Joe Rogan, when he dared to take a medication that the mainstream media did not approve of, and we noticed a spate of headlines from media shops throughout the world utilizing the identical language.’