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Russell Brand wins libel damages from 'Sun' newspaper

Russell Brand has won substantial libel damages from the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper over an article that claimed he cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan.

In a front page story published Nov. 17, 2013, Sun on Sunday reported that the comedian was having an affair with model Sophie Coady. Upon seeing the story, Brand immediately wrote to the newspaper, informing editors that their information was incorrect.

“The claimant’s distress was increased as a result of the defendant’s initial refusal to remove the article from the newspaper’s website, or to withdraw the allegations and publish an apology”, Brand’s lawyer told the court.

In his defense, Brand also wrote a scathing post for the Guardian about the incident, calling Murdoch “an animatronic al-Qaida recruitment poster.” He wrote: “The pain, disruption and distress, that the Sun inflicted by falsely claiming that I cheated on my girlfriend, in the context of such awesome corruption, is a pale liver-spot on the back of Murdoch’s glabrous claw.” READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand cancels tour dates after mom's breast cancer diagnosis

Russell Brand canceled a string of sold-out shows in the U.K. after learning his mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The comedian made the announcement last week via Twitter, writing: “Sorry to eff you around with gigs. My mum ain’t well. Tix will be honoured or refunded.”

He addressed her illness in an episode of his video blog, saying, “My mother’s currently got breast cancer.” In the clip, he also says the health system in his home country is “being destroyed” by cutbacks:

Brand’s mother is a survivor of two previous bouts of cancer, according to The Mirror. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer, then breast cancer, when Brand was a boy.

The canceled dates were part of Brand’s Messiah Complex tour, which is scheduled to resume tonight in London.

Russell Brand denied entry into South Africa, forced to cancel shows

In a flurry of exasperated tweets sent yesterday evening, comedian Russell Brand said he was denied entry into South Africa, forcing him to cancel four shows of his Messiah Complex tour scheduled to be performed in Johannesburg.

“Banned from South Africa. Here ready to go. Refused entry. Hope I can come soon,” he wrote on Twitter. According to a rep for the star, he was not allowed entry into the country because he lacked the required two blank pages in his passport.

The star has a storied history of immigration problems. In 2008, he was held at JFK Airport in New York, forcing him to miss an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. In 2011, he was denied entry into Canada, which prompted him to tweet, “We must abolish the borders between out nations AND our minds.” He was also once deported from Japan while visiting then wife Katy Perry. READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand scraps Middle East shows over security

British comedian Russell Brand says he has canceled Middle Eastern dates on his forthcoming tour after promoters said they couldn’t guarantee his safety.

Brand had planned to take his Messiah Complex tour to Abu Dhabi and Lebanon.

Brand has said the tour focuses on icons including Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus, and examines “the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability.”

But Brand told BBC radio Thursday that the Mideast venues “contacted us to say we can no longer guarantee your safety.”

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