Russell Brand "Couldn't Be Bothered" To Pay £14.90 Train Fare

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Russell Brand had admitted bunking his train fares when travelling from London to Chelmsford. The comedian, 38 - who is worth an estimated $15 million - told the audience at a podcast recorded in east London that he recently jumped the barrier when he boarded a train out of the capital.

Russell BrandRussell Brand Admitted To Dodging Train Fares

According to the Evening Standard, Brand said he "couldn't be bothered" to pay the £14.90 train fare. 

He said: "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."

Greater Anglia - the operator of the London-Chelmsford line - charges a £20 minimum penalty fare for those travelling without a valid ticket.

A spokesman for the company would not comment on Brand's admission, though said: "We take fare evasion very seriously as it is in the interest of everyone that travels."

Last week, a commuter who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth an estimated £43,000 avoided prosecution after making an out of court settlement. The man - described as a hedge fund manager - travelled for five years from a rural station in East Sussex into London Bridge, paying only £7.20 for his journey by exploiting a loophole in the Oyster card system. 

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