Actress Rebel Wilson awarded record $3.6M in Australian defamation case

Actress Rebel Wilson awarded record $3.6M in Australian defamation case

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Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded $3.6 million ($4.5 million Australian) by an Australian court after it found a popular magazine guilty of defamation.

The amount is the “largest defamation damages award in Australian legal history,” Wilson’s lawyers said.

The judgment follows a unanimous jury verdict in June that Bauer Media, publisher of Woman’s Day magazine, had defamed Wilson by branding her a “serial liar” who “fabricated almost every aspect of her life.”

The magazine published articles claiming Wilson lied about her name, age and childhood so she could make it in Hollywood. As a result, the actress said, she missed out on several prominent film roles and other opportunities in the wake of the success of “Pitch Perfect 2,” which came out in May 2015.

Justice John Dixon said Bauer Media had failed to show the claims made about Wilson were substantially true or trivial.

In a series of tweets, Wilson said the judgment was the “end of a long and hard court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to take me down with a series of false articles.”

“This case wasn’t about the money,” she wrote. “I’m looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I’ve received.”

 

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