Rebel Wilson’s ‘sexual harassment’ claims against Sacha Baron Cohen were ‘catalyst’ for Isla Fisher to announce divorce

SACHA Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher have announced they have split – days after actress Rebel Wilson claimed he sexually harassed her.

Star Ali G and Borat (52) and Isla (48) are divorcing after almost 14 years of marriage.


Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher have announced they are divorcing Credit: GoffINF.comActress Rebel Wilson has accused former colleague Sacha of sexual harassment


Actress Rebel Wilson has accused former co-star Sacha of sexual harassmentCredit: SplashIsla announced their separation with a post on her Instagram page


Isla announced their split in a post on her Instagram pageCredit: Instagram/IslaFisher

The Sun understands Rebel’s claims made in her memoir, which he has vehemently denied, were the catalyst for Isla, 48, to publicly reveal the break-up.

It is understood that last year she consulted lawyers over a separation after 13 years of marriage and three children.

Sacha, 52, is said to have been desperate to keep it a secret.

Yesterday, along with a tennis picture, they published a statement on their Instagram that reads: “After a long tennis match that lasted more than 20 years, we are finally putting away our rackets.


“In 2023, we jointly filed for divorce.

“We have always prioritized our privacy and have been quietly working on this change.

“We share our commitment and love for our children forever.

“We sincerely appreciate your respecting our family’s desire for privacy.”

Australian actress Rebel, 44, played Sacha’s girlfriend in the 2016 action comedy Grimsby.

But in her memoir Rebel Rising, published in the US on Tuesday, she said she “felt like I was sexually harassed by Sacha Baron Cohen” during filming in South Africa.

A source told The Sun: “Rebel’s book was the catalyst in Isla’s decision to go public.

»She has to worry about her own career and reputation.

“Those who were close to her said that it became uncomfortable because of all the claims that came out of Rebelo’s book.

“She felt it was right to inform everyone of their decision.

“Sacha, on the other hand, didn’t want that.

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“He was acting like it was business as usual before they made this announcement.”

The couple, parents to daughters Olive (17) and Elula (13) and son Montgomery (9), reportedly still live together in Los Angeles and London.

But they are believed to have told friends they had broken up a year ago.

However, in October they were seen in London celebrating the Jewish New Year and, according to observers, “they seemed very much together”.

They did not want to throw away their love for the sake of their family. However, privately, friends were informed.


The last picture Isla posted of them together was on the red carpet on November 26.

On November 17, she shared a selfie of them holding a beer and smiling in Sydney, which she called her “coming off the screen”.

Sacha’s last post about Isla was shared on February 3, 2023, on her 47th birthday.

Last year, Isla consulted with lawyers about the separation after 13 years of marriage and three children


Isla consulted with lawyers last year about separating after 13 years of marriage and three children Credit: Getty Images – GettyRebel has made allegations about Sacha in her upcoming new book, which he denies


Rebel has made claims about Sacha in her upcoming new book, which he denies. Credit: AlamyThe comedy actor Sacha rose to fame as the prankster Ali G, and acted in numerous other roles as well.


Comedy actor Sacha rose to fame as the prankster Ali G, and has acted in numerous other roles Credit: Mission Pictures

Along with a photo of him holding a mug, he wrote: “Isla looks at me and thinks ‘Ten more of these and maybe I’ll look a little attractive’. Happy birthday my dear.”

A source close to the couple said: “They have been struggling for a while now and have been struggling to make things work.

“They didn’t want to throw away their love for their family. However, privately, friends were informed.

“They went to great lengths to keep things ‘business as usual’ on social media to control the story in a way they both felt comfortable with.

“This decision was not made lightly and they remain incredibly close. There’s still a lot of love there.”

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Rebel claimed that during the filming of Grimsby, titled The Brothers Grimsby in the US release, the comic would “mention that he wanted me to go nude in a future scene” – which she said was “in no way relevant” to the plot.

In the most shocking allegations, she says she was “lured” from her trailer into a concrete room with only a mattress on the floor and Sacha and his friends inside.

She said his friends were then filming on their phones as he said to Rebel: “OK, now I want you to put your finger in my pussy, for the scene he allegedly said was going to be in the movie.

She said he made her change into clothes that “showed as much cellulite as possible”, feeling like he “wanted me to look and feel awful”.

Rebel felt “scared” and claims that none of the director or film crew was present to witness the incident.

She added: “My opinion is that Sacha Baron Cohen is trying to make people feel uncomfortable.”

She called him a “big dick” and claimed he “threatened” her, also saying he called lawyers to try to stop her book from being published.

Sacha’s people called her claims “provably false” and “directly contradicted by extensive evidence.”

Sacha’s characters


SACHA made his screen debut in EastEnders in 1988.

His comedy career took off as the fictional wannabe gangster Ali G, leader of the “Da West Staines Massive” street gang.

His alter ego, below, appeared on The 11 O’Clock Show, then The Ali G Show on Channel 4 and in the 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.

Next, Sacha voiced King Julien in the 2005 animated hit Madagascar.

A year later, his film Borat, about a fake Kazakh journalist visiting the US, won him a Golden Globe and made the neon green mankini a cultural icon.

He followed up with Brün in 2009, about a gay Austrian fashion reporter.

Sacha has also appeared in drama films including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Les Miserables and The Trial of Chicago 7.

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In 2016, he starred in Grimsby and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

His controversial 2020 sequel Borat Sursequent Moviefilm saw him infiltrating real-life situations to poke fun at American politicians.

Sacha’s latest film, the animated Luca, was released in 2021 and picked up an Oscar nomination.

This year we will see him in the psychological thriller Disclaimer.

The New York Post’s showbiz column Page Six reported last night that the pair released the tennis picture and statement after being approached for comment after learning they were living separate lives.

The newspaper reported that Sacha met with LA lawyers in late 2023, but that the divorce is being filed in London.

The couple are rumored to have attended the Oscars parties alone last month.

Sacha described how he met the Wedding Crashers actress at a “very pretentious party” in Sydney in 2001.

He said they bonded over “playing other people in the party” – and he knew it was love at first sight.

He said she was “funny” and added: “I knew straight away. I don’t know if it is. It took her about 20 years to find out.”

They got engaged in 2004, and Isla converted to Judaism for Sacha.

They married six years later in a secret ceremony in Paris attended by only six guests.

Isline film roles

ISLA first became famous when she started playing schoolgirl Shannon Reed in the Australian soap opera Home and Away in 1994.

She moved to Hollywood and made an impact in the children’s film Scooby-Doo in 2002 and then in the hit comedy Wedding Crashers in 2005.

2009’s Confessions of a Shopaholic, 2013’s The Great Gatsby, and starring opposite Steve Coogan in 2019’s Greed are among her other major films.

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