Russell Brand Middle East gigs pulled over safety fears

Russell Brand has cancelled several gigs in the Middle East after promoters said they could not guarantee his safety.

The comedian's Messiah Complex world tour includes routines inspired by historical figures including Malcolm X, Gandhi, Che Guevara and Jesus.

It originally included dates in Abu Dhabi and Lebanon, but they have now been pulled.

Russell Brand's new comedy show focuses on religion Credit: Press Association

Brand told Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon show: "The venues contacted us to say we can no longer guarantee your safety."