Rebel Wilson damages slashed on appeal

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

Actress Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media has been slashed from $4.5 million to just $600,000 by Victoria's Court of Appeal.

Defamation damages can exceed the cap if the plaintiff can prove damages have been aggravated and if special damages can be proved.

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

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".

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

However, the attempt was rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

At the time, Wilson tweeted she would be donating the money to Australian charities and supporting the Australian film industry with the money.


Wilson had initially taken the media group to court over a series of articles that she claims painted her as a serial liar who bluffed her way into Hollywood - chief among Bauer's claims was that she had continuously lied about her age - and as a result was sacked from planned roles on the films Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3.

Rebel Wilson speaks to the media on June 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

She was awarded more than $4.5m in damages by Justice John Dixon plus interest and court costs, in her libel case against the magazine publisher.

Now, nearly two months later, it sounds like the actress is ready to put it all behind her.

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!' She'll next be seen in Isn't It Romantic opposite Adam DeVine and Liam Hemsworth, followed by The Hustle, a Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake also starring Anne Hathaway.

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