Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'I have already won': Rebel Wilson confident ahead of Bauer appeal decision

'I have already won': Rebel Wilson confident ahead of Bauer appeal decision

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

Wilson had argued that the articles had led to her being sacked from two films.

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher past 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 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.

The Supreme Court of Victoria subsequently awarded her a payout of A$650,000 (€415,000) in general damages and A$3.9m (€2.49m) for the loss of the film roles.

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.

Rebel Wilson won her defamation action last June
Rebel Wilson won her defamation action last June

The magazine publisher appealed against what was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history, arguing the size of the settlement set a unsafe precedent and there were errors of law in the judgment.

Rebel was not present in court as she is filming in Europe, but did tweet ahead of the appeal, pointing out that the verdict itself was not being questioned, only the amount of money paid.

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

She wrote that she had "already won the case" and that the case was more about clearing her name than making money.

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".

During the trial, Wilson said her agents had advised her to stop mentioning her age - which was reported to be 29 in 2015 - because "Hollywood is very ageist, especially towards women".

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