Rebel Wilson has revealed she was sexually harassed by a male co-star – calling the shock act ‘gross’ but also conceded other women have “had it way worse”.
The 42-year-old actress is starring in Netflix film Senior Year and insisted she wanted to make sure there was a lot of “respect” for her younger co-stars on set as she alleged she had been the victim of sexual harassment years earlier.
“I wanted to bring the hilariousness and the heart [to ‘Senior Year’] but because there’s a lot of young cast in the film, I wanted to make sure there’s a lot of respect for everybody. [Years ago, a male co-star], he called me into a room and pulled down his pants. It was awful and disgusting,” she told PEOPLE Magazine.
The Pitch Perfect star went on to explain that the incident happened before the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse in 2017 and that her co-star had tried to “destroy her career.”
“And all the behaviour afterwards — this was all before #MeToo — where they kind of tried to destroy me and my career. If it had happened after #MeToo, then I could have just blasted them,” she continued.
However, Wilson — who trained as a lawyer before turning to acting —made sure to “document” the alleged incident at the time and insisted that while the behaviour was “gross”, other women have had it “worse.”
“Because I’m a lawyer, I documented it. I called my rep. I got certain things in writing about what happened. Definitely, amongst industry circles, I made sure people knew what happened,” she said.
“Why did I stay in that situation … with that awful guy? I should have left. It wasn’t worth it. But at the same time, I was like, ‘Oh well, do the right thing, be a professional and finish the movie.’ Now I would never do that.”
“I thought even complaining to my agency was a big step. And to complain to the studio. I found out I was like the fourth person to complain about the guy. Such gross behaviour, but a lot of women have had it way worse.”