Katherine Ryan reveals in one word why she won't comment on Russell Brand claims

Katherine Ryan has ‘nothing’ to say about the allegations made against Russell Brand.

The 40-year-old comedian’s previous comments believed to be about the actor came to light amid his sexual assault allegations, and she has spoken about the importance of ‘consent’ amid public calls for her to address the claims.

‘If you came here for anything else, I should put you out of your misery now and let you know that I have nothing else to say about anything,’ she said.

However, Ryan – who did not directly mention Brand or the allegations against him before moving on – did argue that her consent appears to be ‘totally unimportant’ when it comes to her decision not to comment further.

She continued: ‘Apart from, I guess, passing observation, when a woman says “No I don’t want to engage in that conversation and I have no comment on that story, no I won’t be confirming or denying or participating about anything in the news right now”, her consent is not valid.

‘Why is my consent totally unimportant when we are speaking a lot in the press right now speaking about the importance of consent?

‘No is a full sentence, ladies, gentlemen – no!’

After rape and abuse allegations aimed at 48-year-old Brand were made public last week, former comments made by Ryan started to circulate online as she is said to have outed allegations against Brand while working together on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle in 2018.

During the show, the panel aimed jabs at each other with the Canadian star apparently leaving the St Trinians’ actor ‘furious’ with her unaired dig, reportedly saying: ‘I will remind you of that if any victims come out.’

And in a previous interview with Louis Theroux, Ryan discussed an unnamed ‘predator’ known by comedians to be working in the industry.

While she said she had called them as much to their face, she admitted her discussion with the documentarian was a ‘litigious minefield’ and ‘not really my story to tell’.

‘No one has perpetrated any sexual assault against me,’ she told Theroux. ‘I, in front of loads of people, in the format of the show said to this person’s face that they are a predator.’

Brand was accused of rape, emotional abuse and sexual abuse by several women in a Channel 4 special episode of Dispatches airing in a joint investigation with The Times.

The Get Him to the Greek actor has vehemently denied the allegations, posting a YouTube video before the episode was shown to the public where he claimed all relationships were consensual.

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