Russell Brand faces new allegations of stalking and harassment dating back to 2018

UK actor and comedian Russell Brand is to be investigated by a second police force in relation to harassment and stalking allegations.

The BBC reported Thames Valley Police as saying a woman had contacted them with "new information" in relation to the claims.

The Metropolitan Police force has already confirmed it had received a "number of allegations of sexual offences" after Brand was accused of rape and sexual assault during a seven-year period at the height of his fame.

The harassment and stalking allegations date back to 2018 and the BBC said it understood the woman had reported her allegations to Thames Valley Police numerous times between 2018 and 2022, but no further action was taken at the time.

"Thames Valley Police in the past two weeks received new information in relation to harassment and stalking allegations dating back to 2018. This information is being investigated; as such it would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing investigation," a statement from Thames Valley Police said.

The comedian and actor has previously denied "very serious criminal allegations" and "extremely egregious and aggressive attacks", which he said he "absolutely refutes" but has yet made no public comment on the new allegation and the second police force investigation.

In September, Brand was revealed as the subject of a joint investigation by UK outlets The Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4's Dispatches.

In that investigation, four women accused Brand of sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013. During that time he had been working at the BBC and Channel 4.

The programme, which aired on September 16, claimed he had also displayed predatory and controlling behaviour as part of a pattern of behaving inappropriately at work.