Rebel Wilson Opens Up About Her Experiences With Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

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In the aftermath of the sickening Harvey Weinstein allegations, more and more sexual assault and harassment stories have come to light in Hollywood in recent weeks. Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and Ed Westwick have all been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, and more allegations are coming forward against high-profile figures every single day.

Now, Rebel Wilson is speaking out about her personal experience with sexual harassment in Hollywood.

“I’ve been away in a ‘bubble’ of sorts creating new comedy overseas,” the comedian and actress tweeted in a new thread, “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.”

She proceeds to recount two instances of sexual harassment in her career. In the first, a male star “asked [her] repeatedly to stick [his] finger up [her] ass” while his friends tried to film her, and was later threatened by the star’s representative to “be nice” and supportive.

In the second, her experience was with a successful 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. 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,” Wilson continues. “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.”

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

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 ass. 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.

— 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.

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

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.

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

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…

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

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.

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

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.

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

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.

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

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.

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 11, 2017

Her acknowledgement that her stories “aren’t as horrific” as others’ is true — but it also does not make her recounts any less important, any less terrible.

This article will be updated if she tweets again.

 

 

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