Lock arrested for rape

Sidekick charged over attack at Brand's flat

Comedian Trevor Lock has been arrested over the alleged rape at Russell Brand's Edinburgh flat, according to press reports today.

Lock, 33, is Brand’s sidekick on his 6 Music show and is lined up to support him on his forthcoming tour of the UK.

He was charged by detectives from Lothian and Borders Police in London on Thursday, but is not being held in custody.

A report will now be submitted to the procurator fiscal, the Scottish public prosecutor, which will decide whether to take the case to court.

Brand, 31, had been renting the property in the city's New Town while performing at the Fringe.

He was not suspected of having any part in the attack, but was  quizzed by detectives as part of their investigation.

The alleged assault on the 20-year-old woman is said to have happened during a party in the flat on August 28.

A police spokesman confirmed: ‘A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged incident at a flat in Edinburgh.’

The Sun, The Mirror and The Daily Record named the man as Brand’s sidekick.

Lock was a regular alongside Stewart Lee and Richard Herring on their BBC Two show This Morning With Richard Not Judy in the Nineties. He also appeared in Al Murray’s Sky One sitcom Time Gentleman Pleasse

But he is also a stand-up in his own right, and performed at the 1999 Edinburgh festival in The Number One Show alongside Daniel Kitson and Andrew Maxwell.

Trevor Lock did not show up for Brand's 6 Music show on Sunday morning, but his friend sent out messages of support, saying the theme of the programme would be 'innocence' and dedicating the Morrisey song In The Future When All's Well to him.


Published: 9 Sep 2006

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