YouTube suspended comedian and actor Russell Brand on Tuesday from a ban on making money from videos posted on the social media platform, three days after British news agencies published an investigation in which several women accused Mr. .Brand of sexual assault.
The channel is a potentially significant source of income for Mr Brand, who made money through paid advertisements and promotions.
A YouTube spokeswoman said in an email that Mr. Brand, whose channel on the platform has 6.6 million subscribers, was suspended for violating YouTube’s “creator accountability policy.”
“If a creator’s off-platform behavior harms our users, employees, or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community,” the spokesperson said.
The spokeswoman did not respond to a question about the length of the suspension.
Mr Brand posted a clip on his channel on Friday denying what he called “serious criminal allegations”. This statement was published the day before by the Times of London and the Sunday Times in London newspapers, and Dispatches, a television program, published their joint investigation in which four women accused Mr. Brand of sexual assault, including one accusation of rape.
Mr Brand was once a TV and radio star in Britain and in 2007 published a best-selling memoir. He had a brief career in Hollywood that included a role in the 2008 romantic comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” but he has recently turned his attention to making online videos, hosting wellness events and comedy show tours.
While Mr. Brand’s previous stand-up routines were largely left-leaning, skewering the British establishment and focusing on topics such as social inequality, he has recently reinvented himself to focus on topics of conservative discussion, often appearing to target an American audience. On YouTube, recent videos include Mr. Brand discussing his skepticism of Covid-19 vaccines and dissecting his own appearances on Fox News.
Mr. Brand also hosts a show on Rumble, a social network associated with conservative voices, but he did not appear on a scheduled show Monday.