The woman, who claimed she was 16 when Russell allegedly assaulted her, spoke to the BBC about the comedian’s denial. Russell was accused of having a controlling, abusive, and predatory reputation that was allegedly well-known and overlooked in the industry.
“I think it is insulting,” the woman said. “It is laughable that he would even imply that it’s a mainstream media conspiracy. He’s not outside of mainstream media.”
Another woman, separate from the Times report, came forward and accused Russell of assaulting her in London in 2003.