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Rebel Wilson Defamation Payout Slashed By Australian Court

Rebel Wilson Defamation Payout Slashed By Australian Court

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

"In particular, this court has rejected the finding that Rebel Wilson lost the opportunity to earn AU$15m by being cast in lead or co-lead roles in three Hollywood feature films during the period from mid-2015 to the end of 2016", Justice Pamela Tate said.

A year ago, a jury found that Bauer Media, which publishes magazines like Australian Women's Weekly and Woman's Day, had defamed Wilson when it published a series of articles claiming she'd lied about her name, age, and other details about her life. "The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia".

The court set aside the decision to give Wilson around $3.9 million for economic losses, and reduced the $650,000 compensation figure awarded to the actor for non-economic loss by $50,000.

A magazine publisher has successfully appealed against the size of a record defamation payout awarded to actress Rebel Wilson in Australia.

It was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history and Bauer appealed, arguing the size of the settlement set a risky precedent and there were errors of law in the judgement.




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

Wilson previously won a case against the publisher in Australian court after she says she was wrongly portrayed as a serial liar.

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

"I'm looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with damages I've received".

The original damages sum awarded to Ms Wilson last September was the largest defamation payment ever ordered by an Australian court, and several media organisations questioned whether the decision set a new precedent for defamation payments.

Her lawyers had been seeking more than $7 million claiming Wilson had missed out on major Hollywood film roles.


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