Anderson was a frequent guest of Assange during his time at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after the pair were introduced in 2014 by fashion designer Vivien Westwood with Anderson saying she wanted to find out how to be a “more effective” activist. In an interview with Fox News in August 2018 the actress said Assange was one of her favourite people, although she has denied rumors of a romantic relationship.
“He’s definitely an interesting person and there’s definitely a romantic kind of connection ’cause it’s a romantic struggle,” Anderson told Harvey Levin on Fox News’ “OBJECTified.” “We have this closeness… he’s not close to people like he is to me.”
She had previously raised concerns about Assange’s health after his visitor privileges were revoked in March of last year and defended him in the press calling him a “political prisoner” and a “hero.”
Assange was arrested inside the embassy by Scotland Yard officers after being invited in by the Ecuadorean ambassador following the South American government’s withdrawal of the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum.