Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout


Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson has had her record $4.6 million Australian damages award in a defamation case slashed to $600,000 after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of the payout.

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher previous year after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

The articles falsely claimed she lied about her real name, age and childhood in a bid to make it in Hollywood.

The Court of Appeal has reduced the general damages payout to $600,000, and has found the special damages to have been wrongly awarded.

But the judge accepted Bauer's argument that there was insufficient evidence Wilson lost millions in potential earnings as result of several defamatory articles in Australian magazines.

"The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia".

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

Wilson, 38, was not present in court when the Court of Appeal handed down its ruling and published a 252-page judgment on Thursday.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson speaks to the media out the front of the Victorian Supreme Court after a jury of six has returned unanimous verdicts in favour of Wilson against Bauer Media.

"While this case was never about the money for me, I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry", she wrote.

A court had ordered Bauer to pay her A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) - a record for an Australian defamation case.

Apparently some weight loss companies are using her image to sell their shit, and Wilson's not into it.