Simon Rex claims a British tabloid offered him $70,000 to say he had sex with Meghan Markle, though he now says the two “never even kissed.”
This week, the “Scary Movie” actor appeared on the “Hollywood Raw Podcast,” where he clarified his relationship with the former member of the British royal family.
After co-starring on a short-lived series called “Cuts” in 2005, Rex says he and Markle “hung out one time” but made it clear the two never dated.
“Nothing happened. We never even kissed. We hung out once in a very non-datey way,” he explained. “But it gets spun into we dated. She was just someone that I met on a TV show and we got lunch. That was the extent of it. Nothing happened, just to be clear.”
Once the “Suits” actress gained worldwide notoriety for her relationship with Prince Harry, the former MTV VJ was mislabeled as one of Markle’s ex-boyfriends.
In fact, days before her wedding to Harry in May 2018, The Sun ran a story that clamed Markle turned down a second date with Rex possibly because she Googled his porn past.
(In the article, Rex was quoted saying the two did go on a “date,” which ended with him “kissing her” in a car.)
During this time, the former MTV VJ claims he was approached by various publications to lie about the nature of their relationship.
“It’s funny because the tabloids actually, when that story broke, a couple British tabloids offered to pay me a lot of money to say a lie that we actually hooked up,” he claimed. “I said no to a lot of money because I didn’t feel right lying and ------- up the royal ------- family. I didn’t want to be whacked in the alley of London because I ------- lied.”
Rex alleges the unnamed British outlet was willing to pay him $70,000 for a “juicy story.”
“[The tabloid] wanted me to say we basically ------, or tell us a sexy story,” he claimed.
Ultimately, Rex says he told them “the truth... and took a lot less money for that.”
“I didn’t feel right doing it,” he continued, but admitted that he might have accepted the money if he was asked at a different point in his life. “I don’t need the money that bad, so I said no.”
“Maybe I’m too nice,” he concluded. “A lot of people would have done it. I don’t like that. It feels weird.”