Monday, 18 June, 2018

Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

Bauer Media appealed against a Supreme Court of Victoria order that Wilson be compensated $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages Bauer Media appealed against a Supreme Court of Victoria order that Wilson be compensated $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages
Nicole Thomas | 14 June, 2018, 13:49

But Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision in February, arguing the damages bill was too high.

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

The jury had been asked to consider 40 questions and eight claims of defamation relating to a series of articles accusing Wilson of lying about her age, real name and childhood.

The judgment, handed down by the Court of Appeal in Melbourne on Thursday, means the Pitch Perfect actress will receive about $3.9 million less than she had originally been awarded.

The Court of Appeal said that, in awarding compensation for economic losses, Justice Dixon "relied also upon his assessment of the trajectory of Ms Wilson's career".

Rebel Wilson's record damage award in an Australian defamation suit was slashed Thursday after the defendant magazine publisher appealed the amount.

Remember Rebel Wilson's mega defamation case against Bauer Media, where she was awarded a record-breaking $4.5 million in damages?

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Case in point: The off-the-shoulder dress she wore the Queen's 92nd birthday parade aka the annual Trooping the Colour tradition. Namely Doria, the mother of the bride, looked sensational on the day in a mint green dress and white fascinator.

"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".

"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", Wilson added.

Instead, they will now pay just 600,000 Australian dollars (£338,000).

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.

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

In other post, she wrote: 'The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!'

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