Appeal court slashes Rebel Wilson’s defamation payout


Appeal court slashes Rebel Wilson’s defamation payout

Carla Harmon
June 14, 2018

But the Court of Appeal ruled that Wilson had not proven the company was responsible for her losing the film roles.

Wilson had claimed a series of articles in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar and damaged her reputation.

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has had her defamation payout slashed from $4.5 million to $600,000 after magazine publisher Bauer Media successfully appealed.

A court has decided that Wilson will only receive $600,000 as opposed to the $4.5 million she was originally awarded.


The night before the decision, Wilson took to Twitter to reveal she wasn't bothered by the publisher's appeal.

Bauer Media had appealed the record damages which were awarded to Wilson previous year over defamatory articles that she successfully argued had portrayed her as a serial liar.

'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'.

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


"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".

With defamation payouts capped in Australia at $350,000, University of Melbourne Law Professor Andrew Kenyon told 9news.com.au when news broke of the damages ruling this payout is "way higher" than Australia has ever seen.

As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!' she wrote.

'Additionally, I'm away on location in Europe filming right now.


The judge who determined the initial payout had relied on testimony from Wilson and two Hollywood agents that the articles, which were not published in the United States, still would have influenced movie industry decision makers, the appeals court judges added.

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