Rebel Wilson memoir Rebel Rising not on sale in New Zealand due to 'legal reasons'

Rebel Wilson and her new book, Rebel Rising.
Rebel Wilson and her new book, Rebel Rising. Photo credit: Instagram

Rebel Wilson's high profile memoir Rebel Rising has reportedly been pulled from sale in New Zealand by publisher Harper Collins NZ.

Newshub understands in an email sent to suppliers last week the local publisher said the action was taken "due to legal reasons" but did not specify any further details or confirm a future release date.

Rebel Rising was due to be released on April 2.

Last week, the Pitch Perfect actress claimed Ali G actor Sacha Baron Cohen was trying to stop the book from being published amid claims from Wilson about his alleged behaviour on the set of 2016 movie The Brothers Grimsby.

It is not known whether the legal issues cited by Harper Collins NZ refer to any potential action from Cohen and his lawyers.

"While we appreciate the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage, and eyewitness accounts from those present before, during and after the production of The Brothers Grimsby," a spokesperson for Cohen told CNN on March 26.

New Zealand booksellers have not listed the book for sale on their websites, with searches of Whitcoulls and Paper Plus showing it's available to buy.

Time Out Bookstore in Mt Eden said it was not "out of sorts" for any memoirs to be pulled due to problems with their contents.

However, in a statement, a spokesperson for the Time Out Bookstore said: "We received an email last week to recall any stock on the shelf due to legal reasons. However we didn't have any and no pre-orders so it didn't make a difference to us.”

Newshub has contacted publisher Harper Collins New Zealand for comment.