Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout reduced on appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout reduced on appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from Bauer Media has been cut from $4.5m to $600,000 in court today.

The 38-year-old Australian comic actress, best known for the Pitch Perfect movies and Bridesmaids, was not in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne to hear the three judges' decision.

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.

The Sydney Morning Herald said the articles "painted her as a serial liar".

According to Buzzfeed, the judge denied Wilson "special damages" stating she had not proven that the defamation cost her work.

Her lawyers had been seeking more than $7 million claiming Wilson had missed out on major Hollywood film roles.

The court set aside the decision to give Wilson around $3.9 million for economic losses, and reduced the $650,000 compensation figure awarded to the actor for non-economic loss by $50,000.

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But Bauer Media successfully challenged that finding in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne.

Wilson was not present for the judgment but she took to Twitter the night before, saying she had already won the case.

When Wilson won the case a year ago, it was an Australian record for a case, much higher than the AUS$389,000 maximum previously set, by using her "global reach" as justification.

However, the attempt was rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

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.

Wilson said previously that she would donate the money made from the case to charity and use it to support the Australian film industry.

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