Katherine Ryan refuses to comment on Russell Brand sexual assault allegations
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Katherine Ryan won’t be commenting on the Russell Brand sexual assault allegations.
The mum-of-three also added that it was an ‘open secret’ but ‘not my story to tell’.
The incidents are alleged to have taken place between 2006 and 2013.
In a video statement shared to his YouTube channel, Brand strongly denied the ‘criminal and very serious’ allegations.
Today, Katherine released an episode of her popular podcast, Telling Everybody Everything.
While some may have been hoping for the star to comment on the recent allegations, it doesn’t look like she plans to.
Titled ‘A Rainy Day’, the Duchess star tells her listeners: “This is all you're going to get from my podcast, it is a very underproduced string of consciousness about what myself, my husband and I have been doing throughout the week.
“If you came here for anything else, I should put you out of your misery now and let you know that I have nothing else to say about anything… apart from, I guess, passing observation, when a woman says 'no I don't want to engage in that conversation and I have no comment on that story, no I won't be confirming or denying or participating about anything in the news right now', her consent is not valid."
Katherine went on to add: “Why is my consent totally unimportant when we are speaking a lot in the press right now speaking about the importance of consent? No is a full sentence, ladies, gentlemen - no!"
The award-winning comedian began to move on to her show's next segment and told listeners: "It's a lovely day in London and when we return, I will open your emails and we'll see your comments on last week's podcast."
Throughout the podcast, Katherine does not mention Brand’s name or the allegations made against him.
The star previously told Louis Theroux that while once working on a show: “I – in front of loads of people, in the format of the show – said to this person’s face that they are a predator.”
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