Rebel Wilson was forced to 'delete' content in her memoir. She found a loophole to keep it in.

After a long wait, Australians will finally be able to get their hands on Rebel Wilson's memoir, Rebel Rising.

However, readers may notice a chapter detailing her experience working with Sacha Baron Cohen has been redacted. This comes just weeks after the chapter was published in the United States.

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In the chapter, titled "Sacha Baron Cohen and Other Assholes", Wilson shares her alleged experience during the filming of the 2016 comedy movie Grimsby (known as The Brothers Grimsby in the US), which she co-starred with Baron Cohen. In the film, Wilson and Baron Cohen portrayed a married couple.

Wilson accused the Borat star of bullying and sexually harassing her while on set, and described it as "the worst experience of my professional life."

"Every single day he's like, 'Rebel, can you just go naked in this scene?' And I’m like, 'No!'" she said on the Kyle and Jackie O Show at the time. 

"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.'"


Baron Cohen vehemently denied the allegations, saying her description of shooting his film is "demonstrably false". 

"While we appreciate the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage, and eyewitness accounts from those present before, during and after the production of Grimsby," his representative told TMZ.

It is reported that the actor's threat of legal action led to the complete removal of the chapter. It will be entirely blacked out in both the Australian and New Zealand editions of the memoir.

Rebel Wilson has redacted a controversial chapter in her memoir. Image: Getty


The upcoming Australian release of Rebel Rising will feature the most extensive redactions globally. Differences in defamation laws across different countries have determined how much of the chapter can be included.

HarperCollins Australia issued a statement saying, "For legal reasons we have redacted one chapter in the Australian/New Zealand edition and included an explanatory note accordingly. That chapter is a very small part of a much bigger story and we’re excited for readers to know Rebel’s story when the book is released, on Wednesday 8 May."

A spokesperson for Baron Cohen said in a statement: "Harper Collins did not fact-check this chapter in the book prior to publication and took the sensible but terribly belated step of deleting Rebel Wilson’s defamatory claims once presented with evidence that they were false."

The statement continued, "Printing falsehoods is against the law in the UK and Australia; this is not a 'peculiarity' as Ms Wilson said but a legal principle that has existed for many hundreds of years. This is a clear victory for Sacha Baron Cohen and confirms what we said from the beginning — that this is demonstrably false, in a shameful and failed effort to sell books."

Feature Image: Instagram/@rebelwilson.