Rebel Wilson says One Direction fans sent her death threats after she hugged Harry Styles

Star discussed the incident on the 'Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Actress Rebel Wilson has described how she faced the wrath of One Direction fans after she hugged singer Harry Styles on TV.

Wilson recently appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US when she discussed her previous appearance on the show, which saw her meet the members of the British boy band and hug/straddle Styles.

The star says that this incident led to One Direction fans accusing her of sexual assault.

“I’m a big One Direction fan and if you freeze frame right there, see just right there. Basically I got accused of sexually assaulting Harry Styles,” Wilson said on the show.

“Basically, we’re just two professional entertainers having a good time. And he really enjoyed it and I told him that on Twitter and they just sent me more death threats”.

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Wilson made headlines at the BAFTA Film Awards recently when she made jokes about the ongoing Hollywood diversity debate and something called “transgender face”.

Appearing on stage to present the Best Supporting Actor prize to Mark Rylance, the Australian Pitch Perfect actress told the audience at London’s Royal Opera House: “It’s so great to be here at this really serious event. I have never been invited to the Oscars, because as you know they are racists, but the BAFTAs have diverse members and that’s what we all want to see in life. Diverse members.”

Presumably referring to Eddie Redmayne’s Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, Wilson added: “One day I hope to return here to collect a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face.”

Though Wilson’s jokes earned a certain amount of praise on Twitter, others felt her “transgender face” joke was ill-advised.