Jo Brand felt she couldn't 'make a fuss' after sexual assault at charity event, comedian tells Hay Festival 


Brand expressed her anger at the situation and said she was still unsure as to if she should have said something, adding that the man had “exploited” that everyone was “having a laugh, doing charity and having fun.”

She went on to attack the business world for sidelining women, saying that they attempt “to put you down” if women are “being gobby” or “appearing to be confident.”

When asked by host Stephanie Merritt if women have more permission to be angry Brand responded “yes but not very and not for very long.”

Brand was at the event to promote her memoir Born Lippy: How to Do Female, a tongue-in-cheek advice book for teenagers based on all the things she wishes she’d known aged sixteen. She has two teenage daughters Maisie, 18, and Elisa, 16, with her husband Bernie Bourke.

The book includes advice such as what women can say if they encounter a man masturbating on public transport and how to address young people watching porn. Brand wittilyretorts that you should “just say to them: we’re all going to sit down and watch it as a family.”

Brand has been vocal about her support of women who have encountered sexual assault in the past after she shut down an all-male panel on Have I Got News For You in 2017. The panel, which Brand hosted, included journalist Quentin Letts, comedian Miles Jupp, Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, who were discussing the Westminster harassment scandal.


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