Katharine McPhee Responds to Past Incident
Katharine McPhee has addressed a resurfaced clip showing her sitting on Russell Brand’s lap during a 2013 appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
In the clip, the stand-up comedian, Russell Brand, attempted to flirt with the actress during the talk show, which left her appearing visibly uncomfortable.
Katharine McPhee, now 39, responded to the incident, stating that it was ‘harmless’ and took place over a decade ago.
Russell Brand’s Recent Controversy
This incident comes to light as Russell Brand has recently faced serious allegations of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse made by four women during the peak of his fame.
These allegations span the period between 2006 and 2013 when Russell was a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4.
He has vehemently denied these claims.
Details of the Interview with Katharine McPhee
During the 2013 interview on The Tonight Show, Russell Brand refused to give up his interview chair as Katharine McPhee attempted to talk to the host, Jimmy Fallon.
The television presenter playfully grabbed Katharine’s hand, and she jokingly sat on his lap.
Jimmy Fallon intervened, telling Russell not to make such suggestions. However, Russell continued to flirt with Katharine throughout the interview, expressing his attraction to her.
Katharine McPhee’s Personal Life
At the time of the interview, Katharine McPhee was married to actor Nick Cokas. She later divorced him in 2016 and remarried in 2019, finding love with David Foster, who is 73 years old.
Ongoing Allegations and Investigations
The resurfacing of the interview coincides with new allegations against Russell Brand. Multiple women have come forward with undisclosed allegations regarding Brand’s behavior during the early 2000s.
The allegations have not been investigated yet but will undergo rigorous scrutiny.
These accusations follow those from four women, including one who claims she was sexually assaulted by Brand during a three-month relationship when she was 16.
Both the BBC and Channel 4 have launched internal investigations into separate accusations of predatory behavior by Brand towards staff and audience members during his employment.
Public and Media Response
Russell Brand has faced backlash and criticism in the wake of these allegations. Some have called for his comedy special to be removed from Netflix, while others have raised questions about his conduct during the early 2000s.
The BBC has also initiated an inquiry into the issues raised.
Russell Brand’s Response
In response to the allegations, Russell Brand addressed his followers on social media, emphasizing that any relationships he had during his promiscuous period were consensual.
He accused media outlets of coordinating an attack on him and questioned potential hidden agendas behind the allegations. Brand’s 2-minute, 45-second monologue aimed to address the controversy surrounding him.