Actress Rebel Wilson says she’s experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood and is vowing to no longer be “polite” about that sort of repugnant behavior.
Wilson, who has previously spoken out about being a victim of drink spiking, spoke candidly about her own experiences with men in power courtesy of a series of tweets on Saturday. The Pitch Perfect 3 star says she’s been impacted by the wave of people speaking out about abuse in the entertainment industry.
“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,” wrote the actress. “As you guys know, I’m a pretty strong and confident person but even I have a story to tell.”
Wilson detailed how she was harassed by “a male star, in a position of power” that repeated asked her to “stick [her] finger up his ass.” She says the star’s representation threatened her to encourage Wilson to play nice with her harasser.
Wilson also recalled an uncomfortable incident in a hotel room with a “top director” that underlines how prevalent abuse of power is in the film industry.
“I thought we were there to talk comedy,” said Wilson. “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.”
Reflecting on what she’s dealt with, Wilson says not everyone has been as “lucky” as she has when it comes to these scenarios. She also vows to take action if she comes across harassment or abuse in the future.
“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,” closed Wilson. “Interpret that as you will.”
Variety reports that Women in Film is launching a sexual harassment help line and pro bono legal service on December 1 in response to the current avalanche of claims coming forward about abuse, harassment and misconduct coming out of Hollywood.