CELEB Rebel’s as­sault claims

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PITCH Per­fect star Rebel Wil­son claims she has been a vic­tim of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in Hol­ly­wood.

The Aus­tralian ac­tress, 37, ac­cused an un­named “male star” who she said was in a “po­si­tion of power” of ask­ing her to go in a room with him and to pen­e­trate him with her fin­ger while his friends filmed it on their phones.

She also claimed she had a sep­a­rate “ho­tel room en­counter” with a “top di­rec­tor”, but said noth­ing phys­i­cal hap­pened af­ter his wife called and shouted at him for sleep­ing with ac­tresses.

“Luck­ily she was yelling so loud that I could hear her and I bolted out of there im­me­di­ately,” she wrote in Twit­ter posts. “I was so naive the thought of any­thing hap­pen­ing apart from ‘work talk’ didn’t even cross my mind,” she added.

Wil­son said she had been work­ing over­seas re­cently but had found it “so hard to hear all these sto­ries re­lat­ing to sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault in Hol­ly­wood”.

She added: “As you guys know, I’m a pretty strong and con­fi­dent per­son but even I have a story to tell. A male star, in a po­si­tion of power asked me to go into a room with him and then asked me re­peat­edly to stick my fin­ger up his ass.

“All whilst his male ‘friends’ tried to film the in­ci­dent on their iPhones and laughed. I re­peat­edly said no and even­tu­ally got out of the room.”

She said her agent se­cured a deal with the stu­dio to pro­tect her if some­thing sim­i­lar ever oc­curred and had been threat­ened by the star’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to “be nice and sup­port the male star”.

“I feel lucky I grew up in a pro­fe­male en­vi­ron­ment, go­ing to an all-girls high school, and I have such a strong sense of self and have taken self-de­fence classes. I had the abil­ity to es­cape both in­ci­dents. I re­alise not ev­ery­one is as lucky,” Wil­son added.

“To hear how preva­lent sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault is, is just so sad­den­ing. I know my sto­ries aren’t as hor­rific as other women and men have de­scribed - but if you’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like this I feel for you and can re­late on some level.”

Dozens of ac­tresses and ac­tors have spo­ken out over sex­ual mis­con­duct, ha­rass­ment and as­sault across the film and TV in­dus­try in the past month.

It comes af­ter a re­port in Oc­to­ber al­leged film pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein had sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted sev­eral women. He has since been ac­cused by dozens and is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice.

House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey also faces po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions in the UK. Rebel Wil­son claims she’s been the vic­tim of the Hol­ly­wood as­sault scan­dal

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