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Rebel Wilson awarded $5m payout in defamation case

Australian actress Rebel Wilson has won a NZ$5 million legal payout from the publisher of articles calling her a serial liar.

A Melbourne court on Wednesday ordered Bauer Media, the publisher of Woman's Day Australia, to pay Wilson $5m (AU$4.5m) in damages for its defamatory articles about her.

Wilson had sought nearly $8m (AU$7m) in damages from Bauer, and has promised to donate all her winnings to charity.

Wilson sued Bauer Media, the publisher of Women's Day, over a series of articles she alleges portrayed her as a serial liar and cost her movie roles in Hollywood.

In June this year, the Victorian Supreme Court ruled that eight Woman's Day articles alleging Wilson had made false claims about her life story were defamatory.

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The at-times bizarre trial saw Wilson prove that many of the aspects of her life Woman's Day had claimed were faked actually true.


Actress Rebel Wilson arrives for her case in the Supreme Court, Melbourne.

Wilson told the court that the articles had cost her work by damaging her reputation. She alleged they resulted in her being sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 for being "too divisive".

In June, Wilson said she had taken Bauer to court to clear her name, not to win money.

"I had to stand up to a bully, a huge media organisation, Bauer Media Group, who maliciously took me down in 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles," she said.

Wilson has starred in films Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, among others.




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