Rebel Wilson Defamation Payout Slashed By Australian Court

Oscar Cross
June 15, 2018

An Australian court on Thursday slashed a record libel payout for actress Rebel Wilson, saying there was insufficient evidence a series of magazine articles published by Bauer Media prevented her from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood.

"As I've said before, I have already won the case and this is unchallenged!" The Sydney Morning Herald said the articles "painted her as a serial liar".

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

"What happens tomorrow is to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me", Wilson tweeted the night before the judgment.

In September past year, Wilson won the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history, with Bauer ordered to pay $4.56 million in damages after accusing Wilson of being a serial liar in one of their magazines.

The Court of Appeal found there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely.


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.

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, General Counsel, Adrian Goss, said in a statement: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

Wilson, an Australian star of Hollywood films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, has vowed to give her compensation to charity.

She added: "The reason I'm here is not for damages".

The award comprised $600,000 in general damages, including aggravated damages, and $3,917,472 in special damages for opportunities of screen roles lost because of the articles.

Bauer Media branded the special damages claim "extraordinarily large" and made on the "most tenuous of bases".

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