Rebel Wilson's $4.5m defamation damages slashed to $600,000

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

An appeals court has slashed Rebel Wilson's record 4.6 million Australian dollar (£2.5 million) damage award to 600,000 Australian dollars (£338,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case.

The 38-year-old Australian comic actress, best known for the "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids", was not in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne on Thursday to hear the three judges' decision.

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".

Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?

It also reduced her non-economic losses by AU$50,000 ($37,800) to AU$600,000 ($453,600).

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 won the largest defamation payout in Australian history in September 2017, after Woman's Day Magazine accused her of being a serial lair.

The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case.

But Bauer Media successfully challenged that finding in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne.

'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'.

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

Wilson is overseas at the moment, so she has yet to comment on today's decision.

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

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.