Russell Brand: Katy Perry under pressure to reveal 'real truth' about ex-husband amid sexual assault allegations

Pop star Katy Perry is under pressure to reveal what she knew about Russell Brand after saying she knew the "real truth" about the under-fire comedian following their divorce. 

On Saturday (UK time), British outlets The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4's Dispatches published a joint investigation in which four women alleged Brand sexually assaulted them in separate instances between 2006 and 2013. One of the women said she was 16 and Brand was 31 at the time of the alleged assault in London.  

Brand pre-emptively denied the allegations in a video posted online, saying the claims were "baroque" and "the relationships I had were absolutely, always consensual." 

A 2013 interview with Vogue has since resurfaced in which Perry revealed she wouldn't "necessarily disclose" information about Brand that helped her reassess their marriage breakdown. 

Perry was married to Brand between October 2010 and 2012. The pair reportedly split after he sent her a text demanding a divorce following a row. 

In the 2013 interview with Vogue, Perry said Brand was "a very smart man." 

"Let's just say I haven't heard from him since he texted me saying he was divorcing me December 31, 2011," she said at the time. 

"At first when I met him, he wanted an equal, and I think a lot of times strong men do want an equal, but then they get that equal and they're like, 'I can't handle the equalness'. He didn't like the atmosphere of me being the boss on tour. So that was really hurtful, and it was very controlling, which was upsetting." 

Perry also said she had initially carried the guilt of the relationship ending, but ultimately that changed. 

"I felt a lot of responsibility for it ending, but then I found out the real truth, which I can't necessarily disclose because I keep it locked in my safe for a rainy day. I let go and I was like: This isn't because of me; this is beyond me. So, I have moved on from that." 

Perry has yet to comment on the accusations levelled at her ex. 

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