Rebel Wilson apologises after tweeting photo of wrong journalist following harassment claims

Case of mistaken identity as comedian labels innocent person as 'total scum'

Rebel Wilson was criticised over the weekend after accidentally publicly shaming the wrong person after claims that her grandmother was being harassed by a journalist.

The comic actress, whose recent work includes roles in Grimsby and How To Be Single, complained of the alleged actions of an Australian journalist.

“If your name is Elizabeth Wilson and you work for ACP Magazines, just know that you are a disgrace for harassing my sick, sweet grandma,” she tweeted to her 2.44 million Twitter followers on Friday, before uploading a photo of what she thought was the offending person with the caption: “Here she is: total scum”.

However, fans soon pointed out that she was accusing the wrong individual. She later offered an apology, saying: “Unfortunately there are two Elizabeth Wilson’s who have worked for ACP Magazines in Oz (now known as Bauer Media Group), my apologies”.

Wilson then added: “My utter gratitude to everyone who has been helping with this case and again my apologies to the innocent ‘other’ Elizabeth Wilson.”

The Guardian reports that Bauer Media Group has since responded to the incident in a statement, saying: “Claims made by actress Rebel Wilson that a journalist working for ACP Magazines (Bauer Media) had contacted her grandmother are false.”

“The person referred to in Twitter posts by Ms Wilson over the weekend was not working for Bauer Media in any capacity.”

“Bauer Media also regrets the decision by Ms Wilson to post an incorrect picture of one of our highly experienced and respected staff members, who is in no way connected to these events and who has been left distressed.”

The journalist who did contact Wilson’s grandmother denied the “false scurrilous allegations”, telling Mamamia that she had been commissioned by a “very respectable” publication to write a profile on Wilson and that her interactions with Wilson’s grandmother were “pleasant”. She described herself as “beyond distraught” with Wilson’s accusations.

See Wilson’s tweets below.

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.