'It was harmless': Katharine McPhee DENIES Russell Brand made her feel uncomfortable by bouncing her on his knee on Tonight Show in 2013 - as host Jimmy Fallon jokingly tells the embattled comedian off
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Singer Katherine McPhee has spoken out after a clip resurfaced showing her bouncing up and down on Russell Brand's lap.
The 39-year-old said the incident, which occurred during The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in 2013, was 'harmless'.
Brand, now 48, appeared on the talk show a decade ago and tried to flirt with the married actress and many viewers claimed they said she looked uncomfortable.
But on Monday the singer - who has been married twice - poured cold water on such suggestions.
'This specific incident was over 10 years ago and it was harmless,' she stated.
The video resurfaced as Russell has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women during the peak of his fame, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
Resurfaced: Video footage of Russell Brand suggestively bouncing Katharine McPhee on his lap has been unearthed in the wake of bombshell allegations
Awkward: The comedian, 48, appeared on Jimmy Fallon 's Tonight show back in 2013 where he tried to flirt outrageously with the married actress, 39
The explosive allegations are said to have taken place between 2006 and 2013, while Russell was a presenter for BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4. He has denied the claims.
During the Jimmy Fallon interview, Russell refused to move out of the interview chair as Katharine stepped up to talk to the host.
The television presenter grabbed Katharine's hand with the actress jokingly sitting on his lap. He told Jimmy: 'She's welcome to sit here'.
The host then told Russell: 'No Russell, don't even say for the queen, you can't.'
The comedian then shouted: 'For the queen' as he suggestively bounced Katharine, who appeared shocked, and quickly leapt up.
Jimmy put his hand to his face and looked stressed as Russell told Katharine: 'you're beautiful'.
Jimmy said: 'Russell, please stop. Look away.'
Brand, who is famous for his acerbic, highly sexualised and outrageously crude comedy, joked: 'I'll just sit here with my sexual charisma'.
Russell continued to flirt with Katharine throughout the interview, before coming to the realisation she was married to actor Nick Cokas, 58. The couple had married in 2008 but later divorced in 2016. She then married for a second time, this time to composer David Foster, 73.
Brand continued: 'As you know, I've announced it, I find Katharine very attractive and I think when she said 'exchange numbers,' I thought things I'd like to exchange with her.
Russell then shouted: 'Numbers. Genes. Genetic info. Data.'
Controversy: Jimmy tried to intervene as Russell started bouncing Katherine on his lap
'I didn't know you were married!': Russell continued to flirt with Katharine throughout the interview, before coming to the realisation that she was married to actor Nick Cokas, 58
Ex-husband: Katharine married Nick in 2008. They split in 2016 (pictured in 2012)
After Jimmy spoke about Katharine's husband, Russell interjected: 'I didn't know you were married. I'm going to f**k off now.'
It comes as The Times and Sunday Times claim 'several women' have come forward with undisclosed allegations about Brand's behaviour during the early 2000s in wake of their joint investigation with Channel 4 which was published on Saturday.
The maverick actor and stand-up comic has strenuously denied any wrongdoing and blamed the 'mainstream media' for the 'litany of astonishing, rather baroque attacks'.
Denial: Brand has lashed out at 'aggressive' media claims as he insisted any relationships he had 'during his time of promiscuity' were 'consensual' in a 2min 45sec monologue
Allegations: Russell has been accused of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by four women. Alice (pictured) alleges Russell sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old