LATEST: British TV presenter RUSSELL BRAND has furiously denied any involvement in the alleged rape of a female guest at his Edinburgh Festival party last month (AUG06). The comedian, alongside every other male guest at the party, faces a police interview and DNA test after a 20-year-old student reported she had been drugged and raped at the bash. The party, held at the comic's temporary Edinburgh residence, was thrown to celebrate the end of Brand's run of comedy gigs in the Scottish capital. A spokesman for Brand says, "Russell Brand has no knowledge of, let alone any involvement in, the alleged assault of an Edinburgh woman. "Mr Brand understands that a woman who, with a number of other people, visited his rented flat during the Edinburgh Fringe, has made a complaint to the police. "As it was Mr Brand's flat, the police have asked to speak with him on his return from holiday and he is happy to assist the police with their inquiries." A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders police says, "A number of people have still to be traced and interviewed, and as such we cannot comment further." The woman was advised to speak to police after being examined in hospital for forensic evidence when she awoke feeling uncomfortable and as if she had had sex. She believes her drink had been spiked at the party.
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