Russell Brand, Georgina Baillie and the scandal that once got him cancelled

Russell Brand, Georgina Baillie and the scandal that once got him cancelled


Georgina Baillie was at the centre of the ‘Sachsgate’ scandal involving Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross more than 15 years ago. 

Brand, 48, was a presenter on BBC Radio 2 at the time and conducted a pre-recorded interview with talk show host Ross, 62, who appeared as a guest. 

During the controversial episode in 2008, Brand and Ross phoned Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs and left crude messages on his voicemail. It was in these messages that Brand boasted about having a relationship with Sachs’ granddaughter Georgina, who was aged 20 at the time while the comedian was 33. 

The messages were later broadcast during Brand’s show sparking outcry from listeners. 

Brand, 48, soon resigned from Radio 2 and the BBC was fined £150,000. 

Over the weekend, an expose released by Channel 4’s Dispatches and The Sunday Times saw Brand accused of rape, sexual assault and physical abuse. It was also alleged that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old girl when he was in his thirties. 

Brand vehemently denied the allegations in a YouTube video released hours before the details of the claims were made public. 

In light of the fresh scandal, Sachs’ granddaughter Georgina, 38, has now spoken out about how the Sachsgate incident impacted her life. 

‘I was a young girl completely dazzled by celebrity and I would do anything – and I did,’ she told The Mirror. 

Georgina, who stated her relationship with Brand was consensual, recalled her own addiction issues and added: ‘I was really lost back then. After Sachsgate, Russell made millions of pounds doing a stand-up routine about it and that was very hard and painful for me – I was the butt of the joke, I was young and didn’t know how to process it and I turned to drink and drugs.’ 

The dancer explained that life was difficult for around 10 years after Sachsgate as she ‘didn’t know whether I was in the wrong’, but felt relieved when he apologised for the incident. 

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‘I can say from personal experience that addiction makes you act appallingly and hurt people. He knows his behaviour towards me was appalling,’ she said, stating that she has ‘complete empathy for anyone who is a survivor of sexual assault’ and will ‘always believe survivors.’ 

Georgina has forged a career for herself as a dancer and performs with the group Satanic Sluts. 

Showbiz executives with questions to answer

Radio 2’s Lesley Douglas

Lesley Douglas gave Russell Brand his own shows at both Radio 2 and 6 Music and according to MailOnline was regarded as Brand’s ‘biggest champion’.

However, in 2008, Douglas was forced to resign after Brand and Jonathan Ross left actor Andrew Sachs voice messages claiming Brand had sex with the Fawlty Towers star’s granddaughter.

The outlet also reports that Douglas received complaints about Brand’s behaviour.

A statement on Saturday’s special episode of Dispatches read: ‘Ms Douglas did not at any time encourage, enable, and/or fail herself to take any adequate steps within her power with regard to the conduct of Mr Brand of which she was aware.’

John Noel, Brand’s agent

Noel represented Brand between 2002 and 2017 and his son Nik Linnen was best man at the comedian’s wedding to Katy Perry.

MailOnline notes that Noel ‘went the extra mile for Brand’ and ‘dug him out of crises’.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, TV executive

Sir Peter Bazalgette is the person responsible for introducing Big Brother to screens.

Sir Peter worked as a senior executive at production company Endemol when some of Brand’s alleged actions took place.

The BBC received a staggering 40,000 complaints after the Sachsgate episode was broadcast, which featured Ross saying that anyone who was offended by the prank was ‘crazy.’ 

Sachs died in November 2016 at the age of 86 after being diagnosed with vascular dementia.

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