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Rebel Wilson claims she felt ‘sexually harassed’ by Sacha Baron Cohen on set of Grimsby | Ents & Arts News



Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson and Sacha Baron Cohen on the set of Grimsby. Pic: Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Eve/Shutterstock

Insurgent Wilson claims she felt as if Sacha Baron Cohen “sexually harassed” her on the set of the movie Grimsby, and believes he “will get off on making folks really feel uncomfortable”.

The Australian actress made the allegations concerning the British comedy star in her memoir, Insurgent Rising, which was launched within the US yesterday.

A consultant for Baron Cohen describes her claims as “demonstrably false”, in a press release given to the PA information company.

Wilson has made the allegations in her new memoir. Pic: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP 2023

Wilson, 44, starred alongside Baron Cohen, 52, within the 2016 spy motion comedy Grimsby, often known as The Brothers Grimsby within the US, enjoying his on-screen girlfriend.

Greatest identified for movies together with Bridesmaids, Jojo Rabbit and the Pitch Good sequence, Wilson says she will not be aiming to cancel the Ali G and Borat star, however desires to share her alleged experiences as “the extra ladies discuss issues like this, hopefully the much less it occurs”.

Wilson claims she felt that each time she talked to Baron Cohen throughout filming in South Africa, “he’d point out that he needed me to go bare in a future scene”, which she says was in “no manner important” to the plot.

She accuses him of giving “gross instructions” and says it appeared as if he “needed me to feel and appear terrible”, allegedly making her grow to be smaller garments “the place you would see as a lot cellulite as doable”.

Sacha Baron Cohen attends a screening of the Oscars in Sydney, Australia. Pic: AP/Rick Rycroft
Baron Cohen, pictured at an Oscars screening in 2021, has denied the allegations. Pic: AP/Rick Rycroft

Wilson additionally particulars a selected alleged incident on set, claiming she was “lured” out of her trailer into an unfurnished concrete room with a mattress on the ground, with the one folks within the room being Baron Cohen “and his mates”.

She alleges that Baron Cohen pulled down his trousers as his mates recorded on their telephones, telling her: “Okay, now I need you to stay your finger up my ass”, for a scene that he mentioned can be within the movie.

Wilson, who says she was “scared”, claims there was no director or movie crew round, and provides: “It is my opinion that Sacha Baron Cohen will get off on making folks really feel uncomfortable.”

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A consultant for Baron Cohen informed the PA information company: “Whereas we admire the significance of talking out, these demonstrably false claims are instantly contradicted by in depth detailed proof, together with contemporaneous paperwork, movie footage, and eyewitness accounts from these current earlier than, throughout and after the manufacturing of The Brothers Grimsby.”

Baron Cohen’s spouse Isla Fisher additionally seems within the movie, alongside Mark Sturdy, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Tomlinson and Johnny Vegas.

Wilson says she didn’t wish to be labelled a “troublemaker” on the time, however shared a model of her declare on social media throughout the #MeToo motion in 2017, with out naming Baron Cohen.

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Elsewhere in her memoir, Wilson describes different comedy actors equivalent to Ben Stiller as a “complete gentleman” on Night time At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, and says Will Ferrell “couldn’t have been lovelier” when producing Bachelorette.

She additionally lists “beautiful” encounters with Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Bob Saget, Robin Williams and Garry Shandling.

Sky Information has contacted representatives for Baron Cohen for remark.

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