The Metropolitan Police within the U.Okay. have launched a probe into allegations of sexual offenses after a joint investigation by Channel 4 and The Occasions revealed allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by comic and actor Russell Model.
With out naming Model or detailing the alleged offenses to guard its felony investigation, the Met Police in a press release obtained by The Hollywood Reporter added: “We have now additionally acquired a variety of allegations of sexual offenses dedicated elsewhere within the nation and can examine these. The offenses are all non-recent.”
The U.Okay. media investigation discovered 4 ladies alleged they had been sexually assaulted by Model between 2006 and 2013, whereas he was a BBC presenter and appearing in Hollywood movies. The newly-launched U.Okay. police investigation is being carried out by detectives within the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, led by Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy.
“We proceed to encourage anybody who believes they might have been a sufferer of a sexual offense, regardless of how way back it was, to contact us. We perceive it may really feel like a troublesome step to take and I need to reassure that we’ve got a staff of specialist officers obtainable to advise and assist,” Furphy mentioned in a press release.
The UK police have made no arrests and their investigation continues. The Met Police don’t determine any particular person topic to an investigation earlier than any prices are introduced in opposition to that particular person.
Model preemptively denied the U.Okay. media allegations in a video posted to his social media platforms earlier than the investigation grew to become public. On the time, he denied any claims of non-consensual encounters, claiming that it was all a part of coordinated media assaults.
On Friday, Model returned to social media amid the wave of continuous sexual misconduct allegations he’s confronted, which have had a swift and widespread affect on his profession prospects.
Although he didn’t handle the allegations in his return, he mentioned it had been “a unprecedented and distressing week.”