A female journalist who has only just started to work again these past few months after a life-threatening disease left her on life support, says she is ‘not coping’ after actress Rebel Wilson viciously attacked her on social media.
Elizabeth Wilson – known in the industry as Lizzie – exclusively told Mamamia she is “beyond distraught” after the world-famous actress called her a “scumbag” and posted her picture on Twitter accusing her of harassing her “frail” and elderly grandmother.
Wilson, a freelance journalist with a long professional career, is the second reporter Rebel has attacked in three days in a bizarre series of tweets.
On Friday, Rebel tweeted a photo to her 2.43 million Twitter followers of a woman named Elizabeth Wilson who is a senior features editor at House & Garden calling her “total scum” and accusing her of harassing her sick grandmother.
Numerous Twitter users and media outlets (including Mamamia) contacted Rebel to point out that she was attacking the wrong journalist. For a number of hours Rebel refused to take the photo down responding, “Well send me a picture of the right Elizabeth Wilson”.
Today Rebel continued the Twitter assault, apologising to the ‘innocent’ Elizabeth Wilson but then posting a photo of freelance journalist, Elizabeth -Lizzie – Wilson to her followers.
She wrote: “Hey guys, clarification to earlier tweet. Here is the picture of Elizabeth Wilson who is total scum.”
This time she had the “right” Elizabeth Wilson, the journalist who had indeed called her grandmother for an interview while compiling information for a story about Rebel Wilson. But that’s where the clarification ends.
According to Lizzie, everything else Rebel said is “false scurrilous allegations” and has left both her and her family devastated.
Elizabeth – Lizzie – Wilson, 52, is an Australian-based journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including The London Times, New Idea, The Sunday Times and Woman’s Day.
The story on Rebel is one of her first jobs back since she was hospitalised for bacterial meningitis early last year. Ten months ago she was in a coma and on life support and given only a small chance to live. She had to learn to walk and talk again and is only beginning to rebuild her professional life.
“I am fiercely rejecting the allegations that have been made against me regarding the harrasment of Rebel Wilson’s grandmother. I have never ever harrased anybody, let alone an elderly grandma who is one of the nicest people I’ve ever spoken to,” Lizzie said.