Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

When Wilson won the case past year, it was an Australian record for a case, much higher than the AUS$389,000 maximum previously set, by using her "global reach" as justification.

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from German-based publisher Bauer Media has been drastically reduced from $4.5 million to $600,000.

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".

Wilson alleged she was defamed in several articles published in 2015, including a Woman's Day story titled 'Just who is the REAL Rebel?'

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According to Buzzfeed, the judge denied Wilson "special damages" stating she had not proven that the defamation cost her work.

The magazine publisher appealed against what was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history, arguing the size of the settlement set a risky precedent and there were errors of law in the judgment.

The Oz court had ordered Bauer to pay her A$4.5m ($3.6m), a record for an Australian defamation case.

It found that the previous judge had relied on evidence from Wilson and two Hollywood agents to draw the conclusion that she had lost job opportunities.

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A number of media companies - including Nine Entertainment, the publisher of this website - attempted to join Bauer Media in its appeal against the award to Wilson.

"There was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted.

Wilson is now in Europe in pre-production on Taika Waititi's war-drama Jojo Rabbit but she tweeted that the case was "never about the money" and that proceeds would be going to charity. And that while it's not about the money, she'd like to cop as much as possible so she can donate it all to charity and the Aussie film industry.

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