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Russell Brand Calls Reporter 'A Snide' Over Hostile Questions About The Price Of His Property

01/12/2014 19:46 | Updated 02 December 2014

Activist Russell Brand clashed with a Channel 4 News interviewer on Monday when the journalist asked him about the price of his own house.

The comedian had earlier joined hundreds of residents from an east London estate to march on Downing Street protesting against the threat of eviction.

Tenants in the New Era estate in Hoxton, which was originally built as affordable housing for workers, say they could face homelessness after US investment firm Westbrook Partners bought it out.

Up to 93 families are reported to face eviction before Christmas, with resident Lindsey Garrett describing it as "social cleansing", adding: "It's forcing ordinary, working-class people out of London."

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Speaking to Brand outside Downing Street, the interviewer suggested that part of the housing problem is the super-rich buying property in London, asking, "how much did you pay for your place?"

"It’s rented,” shot back Brand, before telling the reporter, "I’m not here to talk about my rent, mate."

The pair then sparred for 30 seconds, before Garrett jumped in, angrily telling the broadcaster, "At least Russell Brand is standing up regardless of how big his house is… David Cameron isn’t prepared to come out of his big house and help us, but Russell Brand has."

Brand ended the interview by telling the reporter: “Snides like you undermine it… you’re a snide.”

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    Residents from the New Era estate in east London, originally built as affordable housing for local workers, pose for a selfie with their supporter British comedian Russell Brand, top right, just before handing a petition into 10 Downing Street, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
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    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrooks plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
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    Comedian Russell Brand carries Lois Cox through central London on December 1, 2014, during a march for New Era housing estate residents against plans to evict them.
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    Comedian Russell Brand carries Lois Cox through central London on December 1, 2014, during a march for New Era housing estate residents against plans to evict them.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street during a demonstration against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they demonstrate against US investment company Westbrook'’s plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they demonstrate against US investment company Westbrook's plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
  • Dan Kitwood via Getty Images
    Comedian Russell Brand joins residents and supporters from the New Era housing estate in East London as they demonstrate against US investment company Westbrook'’s plans to evict 93 families on December 1, 2014 in London, England.
  • Matt Dunham/AP
    Residents from the New Era estate in east London, originally built as affordable housing for local workers, and their supporters including British comedian Russell Brand, third left, march through central London with placards to hand a petition into 10 Downing Street, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

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