Comedian Russell Brand has admitted that he recently dodged a train fare because he "couldn't be bothered with the rigmarole of getting one", it has been reported.
The comic, who is estimated to be worth around £15million, told a podcast recording in London on Thursday that he jumped the barrier for a train from London to Chelmsford, Essex, skipping the £14.90 rail fare, The Daily Mirror reported.
The paper reported Brand told the recording: “From someone that’s gone from no wealth to wealth, I know that money doesn’t make me happier. Like I jumped the train yesterday when I had to go to Chelmsford.
"I could have got a ticket but I couldn’t be bothered with the rigmarole of getting one. I realised all I had to do was get over a barrier so I did that and then slid out the other end behind someone.”
A spokesman for Greater Anglia, which runs the train route, declined to comment to The Mirror on Russell’s admission but told the paper: “We take fare evasion very seriously as it is in the interest of everyone that travels.”
Brand is not the only wealthy person to dodge train fares.
Earlier this week, a high-flying city executive was revealed as the UK's biggest train fare dodger after being made to pay back nearly £43,000 in unpaid fares and legal costs.
The man, who has not been named, spent five years exploiting a loophole which allowed him to pass through exit barriers at London Cannon Street by “tapping out” with an Oyster card – paying only a third of the actual cost of his journey.Suggest a correction