Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Rebel Wilson: Actress loses bid to reclaim record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson: Actress loses bid to reclaim record defamation payout

Wilson, 38, sued Bauer Media, publisher of Australian Women's Weekly and Woman's Day, claiming articles appearing in the magazine defamed her as a liar, which she alleged harmed her reputation and cost her acting jobs.

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson on Friday said she was proud to "stand up to a bully" despite losing a bid to reinstate a multi-million-dollar defamation payout from an Australian publisher.

'I'm so glad I did that and saw it right to the bitter end.

During her defamation trial in the Victorian Supreme Court previous year, Wilson proved journalists from Bauer had painted her a serial liar about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

A court awarded her a A$4.7m (£2.6m; $3.5m) payout past year, but that sum was reduced to A$600,000 on appeal.

The court awarded her millions in aggravated damages - Australia's highest defamation payout - after ruling she had lost out on film roles due to the articles.

The ABC reports that Wilson sat in the front row of the public gallery during the hearing, before calling it a "definitive end to the case" outside the court after the proceedings.

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The High Court of Australia dismissed Wilson's bid to review the compensation.

Wilson was originally awarded $4.5m last September, but the case turned against the actress in June 2018 when the court slashed the damages awarded to $600,000 after the Court of Appeal found they had been wrongly awarded.

"Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever", Bauer chief executive Paul Dykzeul said in a statement.

"To me it was never about the money".

But lawyer for Bauer Media David Jackson QC said that point was based on a "misconception of the appropriate tests".

She said it was published to coincide with the release of her biggest movie role to date and was created to sell as many copies as possible.

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