MICHELLE BROMLEY: 'What's the point of you?', Russell Brand sneered in front of ... trends now

MICHELLE BROMLEY: 'What's the point of you?', Russell Brand sneered in front of ... trends now
MICHELLE BROMLEY: 'What's the point of you?', Russell Brand sneered in front of ... trends now

MICHELLE BROMLEY: 'What's the point of you?', Russell Brand sneered in front of ... trends now

It's been many years since I learned exactly what sort of person Russell Brand really is.

I was a naive 20-year-old intern at MTV then, in the early days of Brand's career, and I thought I might have been the only one he reduced to tears.

Now I know I wasn't – by far. And I can say for certain that not only were TV executives aware of his emotionally abusive behaviour from the start, but they condoned and even celebrated it.

I'd started my internship, at MTV's production studios in Camden, in March 2001. It was exciting, but I was also terrified. There was nothing sophisticated or confident about me – I was young and green, without any experience of the television industry. I'd shake in meetings, but thought I'd impress my bosses by working hard.

MTV was at the height of its influence and Brand, then 25, was the channel's rising star. He had been 'discovered' on the stand-up comedy circuit and brought on board as a video journalist, performing pranks and celebrity interviews.

It's been many years since I learned exactly what sort of person Russell Brand really is. I was a naive 20-year-old intern at MTV then

It's been many years since I learned exactly what sort of person Russell Brand really is. I was a naive 20-year-old intern at MTV then

In 2001 MTV was at the height of its influence and Brand, then 25, was the channel's rising star

In 2001 MTV was at the height of its influence and Brand, then 25, was the channel's rising star

He would saunter around the office some days, and seemed quite sweet. But I'd heard claims that he was sleeping with lots of girls and was using hard drugs.

I even heard he'd been banned from using MTV's private hire taxi firm for allegedly taking drugs in the back seat.

But the channel's execs didn't seem too concerned. After all, he was their hot new talent.

We'd been filming a segment with former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately one day when Brand wandered over and fixed his gaze on me. 'Hi Michelle, how are you?' he said, looking me up and down as if sizing me up for his pleasure.

'I think you're really pretty,' he continued. 'You look like Sade [the English-Nigerian singer].' It was a lazy comparison, even offensive, given that I'm mixed race. We don't even look alike.

Then he asked me out to dinner. I knew what that meant – he was asking me to sleep with him.

I declined, as politely as I could,

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