Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media reduced on appeal

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

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

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.

In the hours before the appeal, Wilson pointed out that Thursday's case was contending the amount of money she was to be paid, not the result of the case.

Rebel Wilson was awarded the damages and compensation in the Victorian Supreme Court, with Justice John Dixon arguing the amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged".

Then, in September, Wilson was awarded the largest defamation payout in Aussie legal history, scoring a whopping $4.5 million.


"In the lead up to today, major media organisations united in an unprecedented way to support Bauer's appeal in relation to that issue".

As Wilson pointed out in her tweet, it's not the verdict itself that's being challenged - rather, Bauer has asked that the financial damages of $4.56 million be set aside, due to "errors of fact and law". "The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia".

What happens tomorrow is to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me.

Wilson said on social media on Wednesday that she had already won her defamation trial and she hoped the court would uphold her damages payment so she could donate the money to charity and towards developing the Australian film industry. "As I've said before, I have already won the case and this is unchallenged".

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