AceShowbiz - Rebel Wilson became the latest actress to share her story with sexual harassment in Hollywood. The "Pitch Perfect" actress revealed on Twitter that one of her male co-stars sexually harassed her on the set while his friends were laughing and trying to tape it.
"I've been away in a 'bubble' of sorts creating new comedy overseas but it's so hard to hear all these stories relating to sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood. As you guys know, I'm a pretty strong and confident person but even I have a story to tell," Wilson wrote on Twitter.
"A male star, in a position of power asked me to go into a room with him and then asked me repeatedly to stick my finger up his a**. All whilst his male 'friends' tried to film the incident on their iPhones and laughed. I repeatedly said no and eventually got out of the room."
"I called my agent immediately and my lawyer made a complaint with the studio - basically to protect myself that in the event something similar ever occurred I'd be able to walk out of the job and not obliged to return," she continued.
"Later I was threatened by one of the star's representatives to be nice and support the male star. I refused. The whole thing was disgusting. I've told hundreds of people in the industry the story in more graphic detail basically to warn them off this individual."
Wilson also shared another situation with a powerful director, "Earlier in my career, I also had a 'hotel room' encounter with a top director. I thought we were there to talk comedy. Nothing physical happened because the guy's wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses and luckily she was yelling so loud that I could hear her and I bolted out of there immediately. I was so naive the thought of anything happening apart from 'work talk' didn't even cross my mind."
She added, "I feel lucky that I grew up in a pro-female environment, going to an all-girls high school, and that I have such a strong sense of self and have taken self-defense classes. I had the ability to escape both incidents. I realize not everyone is as lucky."
"To hear how prevalent sexual harassment and assault is, is just so saddening. I know my stories aren't as horrific as other women and men have described - but if you've ever experienced anything like this I feel for you and can relate on some level," she concluded. "I know, moving forward, that if I witness this behavior, whether it happens to me or someone I know, I will no longer be POLITE. Interpret that as you will."
Wilson didn't give any names but back in a 2014 interview, she talked about Sacha Baron Cohen's shocking demands on the set of a movie "The Brothers Grimsby" which was only released in 2016. "Sacha is so outrageous," she said in a radio interview. "Every single day he's like, 'Rebel, can you just go naked in this scene?' And I'm like, 'No!' "
"Sacha and I have the same agent in America and I'm like, 'Sacha, I'm going to call our agent Sharon and tell her how much you are harassing me. Every day he's like, 'Just go naked, it will be funny. Remember in Borat when I did that naked scene? It was hilarious."
"On the last day I thought I'd obviously won the argument and he got a body double to do the naked scene. Then in the last scene ... he was like, 'Rebel can you just stick your finger up my butt?' And I went, 'What do you mean Sacha? That's not in the script.' And he's like, 'Look, I'll just pull down my pants, you just stick your finger up my butt, it'll be a really funny bit.' "
She refused but agreed on a compromise. "You don't wanna be a diva," she explained before adding, "so I ... said I'll slap you once on the butt and that's it."
She also dissed Cohen in a later interview. She claimed that she was more talented than Cohen because she was quicker at mastering a Northern accent. She said, "Would you say I'm twice as talented as Sacha? According to those statistics, yes."