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Boy George sparks feud with ‘scandalous’ Rebel Wilson after actress claims ‘dodgy producers’ blocked her directorial debut

By Codie Bullen for Mailonline

10:01 Jul 11, 2024, updated 10:10 Jul 11, 2024

Boy George has slammed Rebel Wilson after she fell out with producers of her film The Deb amid an ongoing conflict.

The 44-year-old Australian actress claimed in a clip posted on social media that her film was set to premiere on the closing night of the 2024 Toronto International Film Festival, but producers Amanda Ghost and Gregor Cameron and executive producer Vince Holden are trying to prevent the comedy from premiering at the prestigious event.

She also accused producers of “bad behavior” on set.

The producers of the film Rebel said the “allegations are false, defamatory and disappointing.”

Now Culture Club star Boy George has stepped in to support his close friend Amanda – whose child is his godson – by accusing Rebel of making up “outrageous and painfully untrue things”.

Boy George has slammed Rebel Wilson after she fell out with producers of her film The Deb amid ongoing conflict
The Australian actress, 44, claimed in a social media clip that her film was set to premiere on the closing night of TIFF 2024, but producers Amanda Ghost and Gregor Cameron and executive producer Vince Holden are trying to prevent the comedy from premiering at the prestigious event.

Boy George directly tagged Rebel in his Instagram video and insisted he knew “those things weren’t true.”

He said: “I just can’t sit here and listen to this and listen to the comments that people are making without knowing any information.

“I met Amanda when she was 17 and working in a club and watched her rise through the ranks to become president of Sony Music and running a film company. She is a strong, powerful woman.”

Rebel has claimed that producers of his new film The Deb are blocking the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The producers of Wilson’s film said the “allegations are false, defamatory and disappointing.”

“RW’s allegations are false, defamatory and disappointing,” a spokesperson for the producers told Deadline.

“Her self-promotional statements are clearly intended to harm the reputations of those who supported her directorial debut, The Deb, a joyful film that we are very proud of and look forward to sharing with audiences.

“Her promotion of a false narrative to advance her own agenda is a disservice to the film and to everyone who worked on it.”

Culture Club star Boy George has stepped in to support his close friend Amanda as she accuses Rebel of making up ‘outrageous and painfully untrue’ things.
Wilson (pictured) had announced that her directorial debut, The Deb, was set to premiere at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival in September.

Wilson said in his video: “You know, sometimes you try so hard in life and you don’t know what to do, well, that’s the situation. You may have noticed that I did a post a week ago about the first film that I directed, which I’m so proud of, The Deb.

“It’s a great little Australian musical. It was selected for the closing night of the Toronto Film Festival, which is the best platform for a first-time female director, so that’s huge.

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“Having the joy of having your film selected is one thing, but to have the commercial partners turn around and say that the film cannot premiere is beyond devastating. Why are they saying that? Why are they stopping it?”

Wilson then said: “It goes back to October of last year when I discovered bad behaviour on the part of these business partners. They are producers of the film, their names are Amanda Ghost and Gregor Cameron and the executive producer is Vince Holden.”

“I reported their bad behavior as soon as I discovered it.”

Wilson claimed that since reporting the issues, she has been met with “absolute nastiness and bad behaviour”.

She said she managed to complete the film but claimed the producers told her she could not release it.

“This is the work of hundreds of people and this behavior is absolutely despicable and disgusting,” Wilson continued.

“I will tell the truth and warn people about people in the industry who are not behaving ethically. That’s my dilemma if this movie doesn’t get shown in Toronto, it’s because of these absolute assholes.”

The Deb, starring Wilson and comedian Shane Jacobson, centers on a country schoolgirl preparing for her debutante ball.

The film will also star actress Natalie Abbott of the ABC series Aftertaste, as well as newcomer Charlotte McInnes.

Locations include country towns such as Carcoar, Blayney and Orange, as well as Sydney.

Last October, Rebel revealed that she turned down major offers in the US so she could make her directorial debut in Australia.

“If I made a film, it would only be set in Australia because it’s an authentic place for me,” Rebel told The Daily Telegraph at the time.

“I didn’t want to do the studio films that were offered to me in America because I didn’t feel like I had that connection to the heart,” she explained.