Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 14, 2018

"In the lead up to today, major media organisations united in an unprecedented way to support Bauer's appeal in relation to that issue".

The Victorian supreme court ruled on Thursday morning that the Australian actor had not proved that she lost work and suffered economic damages in Hollywood as a result of the defamatory articles which painted her as a serial liar.

The articles alleged Wilson had lied about her age, her name and her upbringing in Australia, and were featured across Australian magazines, including Bauer's Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine.

Bauer successfully challenged the finding that Wilson should be compensated for film roles, including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, which she testified she had lost following the articles' publication.

The night before the decision, Wilson took to Twitter to reveal she wasn't bothered by the publisher's appeal. It had been the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history, according to the Herald.

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It also reduced Wilson's non-economic losses by 50,000 Australian dollars to 600,000 Australian dollars.

Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?

Wilson said on social media on Wednesday that she had already won her defamation trial and she hoped the court would uphold her damages payment so she could donate the money to charity and towards developing the Australian film industry. "As I've said before, I have already won the case and this is unchallenged".

Actress Rebel Wilson struts across the stage as she is introduced to speak at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military at Temple University in Philadelphia, May 2, 2018.

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