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Rebel Wilson's Australian-record defamation payout slashed

14 June 2018, 01:48 | Winston Chapman

Camera Icon Rebel Wilson after a jury of six returned unanimous verdicts in her favour following the defamation

Rebel Wilson after a jury of six returned unanimous verdicts in her favour following the defamation trial

The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case.

Rebel Wilson's huge defamation payout has been slashed after the claim was taken to the appeals court.

The actress added that she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 after the stories were published.

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 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.

She was awarded more than $4.5m in damages by Justice John Dixon plus interest and court costs, in her libel case against the magazine publisher.

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"The Court of Appeal held that, for a considerable number of reasons, the critical inferences drawn by the judge could not be upheld", the summary of judgement said.

In its appeal against the decision, Bauer Media argued that the $4.5 million payout was excessive and should be set aside due to errors in fact and law.

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

Bauer Media did not challenge the jury's defamation finding in its appeal and sought only for the damages to be reduced.

Wilson is now in Europe in pre-production on Taika Waititi's war-drama Jojo Rabbit but she tweeted that the case was "never about the money" and that proceeds would be going to charity. 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.

Wilson, 38, is in Europe filming and was not in court.



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