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‘Truth will come out’: Wilson doubles down amid Baron Cohen split

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Rebel Wilson claims several women have contacted her after she publicly accused comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen of sexual harassment when working on a film together.

In a new interview with The Sun, the Australian actress said “the truth will come out” as she launches her memoir Rebel Rising which contains details on her experience with Baron Cohen, 52.

The Pitch Perfect star’s latest comments came as Baron Cohen and wife of 13 years, Australian comedy actress Isla Fisher, announced their shock split.

The couple revealed they had secretly filed for divorce last year. It’s been reported Wilson’s bombshell allegations against the Borat actor are believed to be the catalyst for their announcement on Friday.

Baron Cohen has strenuously denied all Wilson’s accusations about her treatment on the set of Grimsby. Her book has been released in the US, but has been delayed in Australia and Britain.

There is no suggestion the women who contacted Wilson have made similar claims.

“What’s been comforting is, like, several women have now been in contact and it’s up to them whether they want to go public with their stories,” Wilson told The Sun.

“Because it is hard to say something against somebody who’s high profile, because they hit you with high-price lawyers and crisis PR people and all sorts of little tricks.

“It doesn’t feel great when all I’m doing is sharing my story in my memoir, which I’m very entitled to do.

“But I always think the truth will come out, which is why it’s great to have the book out now so people don’t just read the headlines but can read the actual chapter.”

Wilson’s latest interview was published after the announcement that Baron Cohen and Fisher were no longer together.

Baron Cohen and Fisher met at a party in Australia in 2001, were married in 2010 and have three children.

In a joint Instagram post on Friday, alongside a humorous photo of them dressed in tennis attire, they revealed they had filed to end their marriage in 2023.

“After a long tennis match lasting over 20 years, we are finally putting our racquets down. In 2023, we jointly filed to end our marriage,” said the statement.

“We have always prioritised our privacy, and have been quietly working through this change.

“We forever share in our devotion and love for our children. We sincerely appreciate your respecting our family’s wish for privacy.”

Fisher appeared in Home and Away earlier in her career before her big Hollywood break in Wedding Crashers in 2005.

Sacha Baron Cohen Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher were private about their family life.

‘Worst experience’

Wilson starred opposite Baron Cohen in the 2016 comedy film Grimsby about a spy and his idiotic brother, and said she felt “disrespected on set”.

In an earlier interview with The Sunday Times she said: “It turned out to be the worst professional experience of my career.”

“It’s one thing for someone who is fat to exploit their size for comedy, but it’s another for somebody else to humiliate you,” she added.

Wilson said she felt costumes were chosen to “see all the cellulite on my thighs and a top to show the fattest part of my arm”, leaving her feeling “like I was something to be laughed at and degraded because of my size”.

She also said she felt her character was being “demeaned” after a stripper was hired to portray her running naked around a football pitch.

Wilson returned months later for the film’s reshoots.

“The fact that I then went back… I felt ashamed of myself. Why do I have such low self worth?”

The actress and TV presenter said she left feeling “shaken” and added that “it took months to recover”.

Wilson said she did not say more at the time out of fear of being labelled “a troublemaker”.

The Bridesmaids actress also reflected on how she has used her image to further her career and said making herself look “ugly” was a part of her plan.

“When I was younger I deliberately made myself less attractive,” Wilson said.

“I wanted to make something of myself, have a great career and make a lot of money,” she added.

“I knew I wouldn’t be taken seriously like a Cate Blanchett or Nicole Kidman, but I quickly realised that the bigger you were, the more audiences laughed.

“So I’d have my gut hanging out and wear micro-shorts on stage, no make-up, stuff that horrified my mother.

“It was a really conscious decision to look ugly. It was part of my plan.”

Wilson is known for playing comedic characters such as Fat Amy in the American musical comedy film Pitch Perfect (2012) and its two sequels. She has also starred in Taika Waititi’s film Jojo Rabbit (2019) and Tom Hooper-directed movie musical Cats (2019).

-with AAP

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