Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Russell Brand threatens to sue over 'hypocrite' claims

Brand called a Channel 4 News reporter a "snide" after he asked him about his rent. Photo: Channel 4 News/YouTube

Russell Brand has threatened to sue The Sun after they branded him a "hypocrite" over his living arrangements.

According to the newspaper, the comedian pays rent for his London home to a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands - often referred to as a tax haven.

The front page story said: "He rants against high rents and tax avoidance...but he pays £76k a year to tax-dodge landlords."

Brand hit back on Twitter saying he was going to take legal action over the accusation.

Earlier this week Brand, 39, lost his cool with a journalist at a housing demo by residents of the New Era estate in Hoxton, east London, who are facing higher rents if a US firm buys it.

When the comic was asked about his own housing arrangements by Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O'Brien, Brand pointed his finger at him and called him a "snide".

When asked about the value of his home, he went on: "It's rented. We don't know the value, you would have to talk to my landlord.

"Blessedly, I can afford my rent and I'm prepared to stand up for people that can't."

He added: "I'm not interested in talking to you about my rent, mate. I'm here to support a very important campaign."

Cutting the interview short, Brand said: "Snides like you, mate, undermine (the campaign). You're a snide. All right, let's do one."

O'Brien later tweeted: "Is it my job to test tension between private circumstances and publicly held views of celebrities? Yes."

Afterwards, Brand discussed the interview on his YouTube news channel, likening it to a "quarrel at a jumble sale".

He said: "I shouldn't be allowed on television. I'm so easily wound up. What does it matter to me, what have I got to lose, just from this one bloke? But I'm a volatile person."

He went on: "When you talk to a journalist I sort of think it's a combination of boring and really annoying, and my personality type is not well suited to that kind of environment."