Rebel Wilson loses Aussie defamation payout appeal

Ruben Ruiz
November 17, 2018

It's a definite end'.

"The whole reason for bringing this case is that I really wanted to stand up to a bully, which is Bauer media and I'm so proud of myself that I did that and saw it out right to the bitter end".

Australian actor Rebel Wilson has lost an appeal against a court decision that cut a record payout against Germany's Bauer Media, which was found to have defamed her in a series of articles, Australian media reported on Friday.

The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million ($4.7 million AUD) after a jury concluded she'd missed out on film roles because of the articles.

But Bauer successfully appealed the dollar figure in June, with the Court of Appeal finding there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded damages for the potential loss of roles.

Bauer Media was obviously thrilled by the decision.

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If Wilson was successful in her bid for leave to appeal, her case would have been heard by the full bench of the High Court.

The actress had sued Woman's Day magazine a year ago over a series of articles in 2015 that she said had painted her as someone who'd lied about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

It was the largest defamation penalty in Australian legal history and drew criticism from across the country's publishing industry, which said it set a unsafe precedent.

However, a court reduced the sum on appeal.

Wilson initially sought $7 million in compensation over the eight articles, which she earlier described in court as a "malicious, deliberate take-down" of her.

At the time, Justice Dixon said Bauer Media failed to properly investigate the claims made against Ms Wilson and then published them despite knowing they were false. I never thought I would be here and it's such an wonderful experience to go through, and awesome that I won the case.

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