Rebel Wilson Is The Latest Actress Sharing Story Of Sexual Harassment In Hollywood

by Julie Scagell
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Rebel Wilson is the latest Hollywood actress to come forward with her #metoo story

Every single day women and men in Hollywood have been coming forward, sharing their #metoo stories with the world. There have been horrifying tales of sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct at the hands of some of the most powerful people in the industry. Many have been threatened into silence or refused to come forward before now for fear of not being believed or risking their careers. Over the weekend one more actress added her name to the long list of victims refusing to be silenced any longer.

Pitch Perfect star, Rebel Wilson, said she’s been overseas filming a movie and has been hearing all the victim’s stories. “As you guys know, I’m a pretty strong and confident person but even I have a story to tell,” she shared on Twitter. What happened to her is disgusting and shocking, but sadly not surprising given all we have learned in recent months.

Wilson shared a story about a “male star in a position of power” who asked her to his room, then requested she “repeatedly” stick her finger up his ass. The actress said this happened “whilst his male ‘friends’ tried to film the incident on their iPhones and laughed.” Wilson said she refused and eventually left the room.

In another incident, she recalled going to meet a “top director” at his hotel for what she thought was a business meeting. “I thought we were there to talk comedy,” Wilson shared. “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!” She said she immediately left his room, thankful nothing transpired.

It wasn’t the stories she divulged but her next statement that may be the most disheartening. “I know my stories aren’t as horrific as other women and men have described,” she wrote, then went on to say she felt compelled to share them and feels for anyone who has also experienced this type of abuse. But her story was horrific – no incident that has happened is any less horrific than the next. A victim being made to feel powerless by someone in a position of power is horrifying – period.

Wilson summed up her tweets by saying, “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.”

The cycle of abuse, silence and shame has got to stop. Here’s hoping the #metoo movement and all the brave individuals coming forward is the first step in getting there.