RUSSELL Brand is said to have told addicts to "admit your f****d up behaviour" when he was invited to give a speech at a rehab clinic.
The comedian – a former addict himself – urged his audience to “apologise to everyone affected" by their actions, years before he found himself embroiled in a sex scandal.
The 48-year-old has been accused of rape, assault and emotional abuse by at least five women – including one who was 16 at the time.
In a bombshell expose by The Sunday Times the alleged victims said they were attacked by Brand between 2006 and 2013.
Brand has vehemently denied the allegations and insisted his relationships were "always consensual".
Today it emerged Brand used to tell addicts to take responsibility for their own behaviour as part of their recovery.
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Back in 2018, gave talks across the UK and abroad following the release of his book Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions.
The book peddles Brand's own 12-step recovery programme.
One is to “watch out for f***ed up thinking and behaviour and be honest when it happens.”
Another step is: "Prepare to apologise to everyone for everything affected by your being so f***ed up."
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In one of his visits, Brand gave a talk at the Ibiza Calm clinic in Spain.
A press release at the time described Brand as a "long-time friend".
It said he had "attended a meeting and delivered an inspirational talk to clients, sharing his unique blend of honesty, humour, wisdom and advice."
Last night furious employee at the clinic said the current allegations facing the former BBC and Channel 4 star amount to a "witch hunt".
Brand’s 12 steps to recovery
RUSSELL Brand peddled his own 12-step addiction programme in his book.
- Are you a bit f***ed?
- Could you not be f***ed?
- Are you, on your own, going to "unf***" yourself?
- Write down all the things that are f***ing you up or have ever f***ed you up and don’t lie, or leave anything out.
- Honestly tell someone trustworthy about how f***ed you are.
- Well that’s revealed a lot of f***ed up patterns. Do you want to stop it? Seriously?
- Are you willing to live in a new way that’s not all about you and your previous, f***ed up stuff? You have to.
- Prepare to apologise to everyone for everything affected by your being so f***ed up.
- Now apologise. Unless that would make things worse.
- Watch out for f***ed up thinking and behaviour and be honest when it happens.
- Stay connected to your new perspective.
- Look at life less selfishly, be nice to everyone, help people if you can.
The allegations against Brand range from rape and sexual assault to emotional and physical abuse.
One of the alleged victims, known as Nadia to protect her identity, claimed the comedian and Hollywood actor raped her up against a wall at his home in Los Angeles.
In text messages seen by the Times investigation team, the woman told him afterwards: "When a girl [says] no it means no", and he is said to have replied: "Very sorry."
The woman attended a rape crisis clinic but did not press charges with police.
Another woman, known as Phoebe, said that she worked with Brand, and claimed he sexually assaulted her before threatening legal action if she spoke out.
Pheobe recalled Russell's eyes "turning black like the devil" as he allegedly pinned her to the bed and tried to have sex with her.
A third alleged victim claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brand aged just 16.
The girl, given the pseudonym Alice, claimed he referred to her as "the child" during a three-month abusive relationship.
And Brand is alleged to have sent a chauffeur-driven BBC car to collect her from school and take her to his house.
BBC and Channel 4 have removed content featuring Russell in the wake of the scandal.
The comedian rushed to shut one of his companies, Brand New Collective Ltd on September 12, days before the abuse allegations were made public, according to Companies House records.
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Meanwhile, his wife Laura Gallacher has remained tight-lipped on the claims and has apparently deleted her Instagram.
Brand has been backed by controversial influencer Andrew Tate, who called the allegations against him "crazy".
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