Second Matrix director Andy Wachowski has come out as trans named Lilly.
Lilly Wachowski shared the news in a statement released to the Windy City Times.
The 48-year-old says she is making the announcement after claiming she was “threatened” with being outed by The Daily Mail.
“Yeah, I’m trans. And yeah, I’ve transitioned. I just wanted – needed some time to get my head right… but apparently I don’t get to decide this,” says the 48-year-old.
The Daily Mail has denied trying to coerce Lilly Wachowski into revealing her gender transition.
The Wachowski siblings are well known for directing The Matrix series and have been involved with movies such as V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending plus Netflix’s Sens8 TV series.
In her statement, Lilly Wachowski says that a Daily Mail journalist arrived at her house asking her to tell her story to them.
“[He said] that I really had to sit down with him tomorrow or the next day or next week so that I could have my picture taken and tell my story which was so inspirational.
“And that I really didn’t want to have someone from the National Enquirer following me around, did I?
“It began to dawn on me where I had heard of the Daily Mail. It was the ‘news’ organization that had played a huge part in the national public outing of Lucy Meadows, an elementary school teacher and trans woman in the UK.
“Now here they were, at my front door, almost as if to say – there’s another one. Let’s drag ’em out in the open so we can all have a look.
“We continue to be demonized and vilified in the media… We are not predators, we are prey.”