Australian actress Rebel Wilson says she too has been a victim of sexual harassment in Hollywood.
The 37-year-old has alleged that an unnamed “male star”, who was in a position of power, asked her to go into a room with him and penetrate him with her finger while his friends filmed the incident on their phones.
“I repeatedly said no and eventually got out of the room,” Wilson wrote in her Tweet.
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.
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017
“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.”
Wilson said she was later “threatened” by one of the star’s representatives to be nice and support the male star. She refused and she said she found the whole incident “disgusting”.
“I’ve told hundreds of people in the industry the story in more graphic detail basically to warn them off this individual.”
The How To Be Single star also shared another incident with her Twitter followers.
Wilson said that earlier in her career she had a “hotel room encounter” with a top director.
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“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.”
The comedian said she was able to escape both incidents because she grew up in such a pro-female environment.
“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 wrote.
“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 joins a long list of women who have recently come out and shared their own stories of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood.
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