Rebel Wilson cancels Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane events promoting memoir amid dispute with Sacha Baron Cohen

Homegrown Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has cancelled three shows scheduled for Melbourne, Brisbane and the Sydney Opera House next month, as her dispute with former co-star Sacha Baron Cohen continues to dog the publication of Wilson’s memoir.

Ticketholders will be told today that the Evening With Rebel Wilson events, scheduled as part of the promotional effort for the book Rebel Rising, are cancelled, with refunds to be processed automatically.

Rebel Wilson delayed the publication of her memoir amid a row with former co-star Sacha Baron Cohen.

“Given changes to publication dates for Rebel Rising, there have been changes to the promotional schedule and as a result, this show has been cancelled,” fans will be told.

On the upside, the legal issues delaying the publication appear to be sorted and disappointed devotees can use their ticket refunds to place a pre-order for Rebel Rising, which is now due to hit the shelves on May 8.

The book was delayed after Wilson made accusations against Baron Cohen about his behaviour while they were working on the movie Grimsby.

She alleges that she did not want to appear naked in the film and that Baron Cohen asked her to stick her finger up his backside during the filming of a sex scene.

The British comedian later released a statement denying the claims, saying they were “demonstrably false”.

Publishers HarperCollins have repeatedly refused to discuss the effect of the threat of possible legal action by Baron Cohen had on the original decision to postpone it.

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