Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Rebel Wilson's defamation damages are dramatically cut

Rebel Wilson's defamation damages are dramatically cut

An Australian court on Thursday slashed a record libel payout for actress Rebel Wilson, saying there was insufficient evidence a series of magazine articles published by Bauer Media prevented her from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood.

Wilson previously won a case against the publisher in Australian court after she says she was wrongly portrayed as a serial liar.

In June previous year a six-person jury found in favour of Wilson's claim against the publisher of Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly.

Rebel Wilson's $5 million defamation payout from Bauer Media for defamation has been cut to $600,000 on appeal. "The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia".

The magazine publisher appealed against what was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history, arguing the size of the settlement set a unsafe precedent and there were errors of law in the judgment.

"As I've said before, I have already won the case and this is unchallenged".

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.

Wilson, an Australian star of Hollywood films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, has vowed to give her compensation to charity.

Bauer did not, however, appeal the verdict that the articles were defamatory, but argued the Australian-record damages awarded in September were excessive.

The appeal court removed the AU$3.9 million ($2.95 million) that the trial judge awarded for roles lost because of damage to Wilson's reputation.

Wilson speaks to the media outside court after her initial victory.

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted. The legal process has run its course and Bauer welcomes the court's decision to set aside the entire award of damages for economic loss.

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