Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout in Australia slashed by millions to £340,000

Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout in Australia slashed by millions to £340,000

But regardless of how much in damages she's awarded, Wilson said she still considers herself a victor.

The magazine publisher sued by the actress for defamation after they posted a series of articles claiming she'd lied about her name, age and upbringing in Sydney, appealed that the 4.6million Australian dollars (£2.5million) they'd been ordered to pay out was 'excessive'.

Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon subsequently awarded Wilson $650,000 in general damages and $3.97 million in special damages, saying the defamation was "unprecedented in this country" and warranted "a substantial damages award to vindicate her and nail the lie".

Last year Wilson won a case against publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

Wilson was not in court for the ruling in Melbourne this morning.

The "Pitch Perfect" star - who said she planned to donate the damages to "charity, scholarships or [investment into] the Aussie film industry" - wrote on Wednesday: "As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!"


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.

But Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision in February, arguing the damages bill was too high.

'While this case was never about the money for me, I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry'.

Wilson, 38, is in Europe filming and was not in court.

Wilson said in April that she and her legal team were "very confident" the original defamation payout would be upheld.

But the Court of Appeal found there was no basis for her to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely. "This case was never about the money for me", she added.

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