YouTube introduced on Tuesday that it has suspended Russell Model‘s capability to monetize his content material on their video platform following critical allegations of sexual assault made in opposition to the 48-year-old comic.
Model’s principal YouTube channel, boasting 6.6 million subscribers, is likely one of the notable accounts impacted by this suspension. Consequently, he’ll not be capable of earn income from advertisements displayed inside and alongside his movies, which cowl a variety of subjects from “What REALLY Began the Hawaii Fires?” to “COVID Tsar Admits Lockdowns Have been NEVER About Science.”
Model’s different YouTube channels, together with “Awakening With Russell” with 426,000 subscribers, “Soccer Is Good” with 20,000 subscribers, and “Keep Free With Russell Model” with 22,200 subscribers, are additionally affected by this suspension.
Regardless of this setback on YouTube, Model maintains a presence on different social media platforms. His channel on Rumble, a platform in style amongst sure conservative and far-right teams, boasts 1.4 million followers. Moreover, he has 11.2 million followers on X (previously often called Twitter) and three.8 million on Instagram.
The allegations in opposition to Model surfaced in a Channel 4 tv documentary in addition to The Occasions and The Sunday Occasions newspapers. 4 girls have come ahead with allegations of sexual assault, which date again to between 2006 and 2013. One of many accusers claimed she was sexually assaulted throughout a relationship with Model when she was simply 16, whereas one other girl claims Model raped her in Los Angeles in 2012. In response to those allegations, the London Metropolitan Police confirmed they’ve obtained a report of a separate sexual assault courting again to 2003.
The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star obtained forward of the story by taking to social media on Friday to “completely refute” the allegations, which he known as “extraordinarily egregious and aggressive assaults.” The story was printed Saturday morning.
“I’ve obtained two extraordinarily disturbing letters — or a letter and an e-mail — one from a mainstream media TV firm, one from a newspaper, itemizing a litany of extraordinarily egregious and aggressive assaults,” he says in a video posted on Instagram. “However amidst the litany of astonishing, relatively baroque assaults, are some very critical allegations that I completely refute.”
He added, “As I’ve written about extensively in my books, I used to be very, very promiscuous. Now throughout that point of promiscuity, the relationships I had have been completely, at all times consensual … I used to be at all times clear about that then, virtually too clear. And I’m being clear about it now as effectively. And to see that transparency metastasized into one thing felony, that I completely deny.”
The Get Him to the Greek star goes on to say in his video that “it is price mentioning that there are witnesses whose proof instantly contradicts the narratives that these two mainstream media retailers try to assemble apparently, in what appears to me to be, a coordinated assault.”
Model’s profession, which started with unbridled and risqué stand-up routines, noticed him rise to prominence within the early 2000s. He hosted radio and tv exhibits, authored memoirs detailing his battles with substance abuse, appeared in Hollywood movies, and was briefly married to pop star Katy Perry from 2010 to 2012.
Lately, Model shifted his focus away from mainstream media and constructed a considerable on-line following with content material that mixes wellness and conspiracy theories. His YouTube channel has featured content material associated to COVID-19 conspiracy theories, vaccine misinformation, and interviews with controversial figures comparable to Tucker Carlson and Joe Rogan.
Model’s profession has additionally been impacted past his YouTube suspension. He was dropped by his expertise company and writer after the allegations got here to gentle.