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Record Australia payout to Rebel Wilson slashed on appeal

14 June 2018, 01:50 | Myron Mathis

Image Rebel Wilson was awarded millions over lost job opportunities after false stories were printed about her

Rebel Wilson was awarded millions over lost job opportunities after false stories were printed about her

The suit was over a number articles, published in 2015, which made Wilson out to be a serial liar.

A year ago, a jury found that Bauer Media, which publishes magazines like Australian Women's Weekly and Woman's Day, had defamed Wilson when it published a series of articles claiming she'd lied about her name, age, and other details about her life.

But the Court of Appeal ruled that Wilson had not proven the company was responsible for her losing the film roles.

She claimed that the articles had prevented her from furthering her Hollywood career, alleging she'd been sacked from two projects, "Trolls" and "Kung Fu Panda 3", due to eight different articles, and was awarded A$4.5 million (£2.7 million) in damages, the largest payout for defamation in Australian history.

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

The record damages awarded to actress Rebel Wilson after her successful defamation case against a magazine publisher in Australia have been reduced from A$4.5m (€2.87m) to A$600,000 (€383,000) in the Victorian Court of Appeal, but the Pitch Perfect star has said her legal action was "never about the money".

Rebel Wilson accused Bauer Media of a
Image Rebel Wilson accused Bauer Media of a"malicious deliberate take-down

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss, said: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted on Wednesday night.

"It followed that the judge's award of damages for economic loss had to be set aside... there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".

As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!' she wrote.

The actress she won her defamation case against Bauer Media in September previous year. Bauer Media immediately said it would appeal the record-breaking payment.

The Sydney-born actress is now busy filming her new movie Jojo Rabbit in Europe.




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