Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

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 Supreme Court of Victoria subsequently awarded her a payout of A$650,000 (€415,000) in general damages and A$3.9m (€2.49m) for the loss of the film roles.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

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

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

The Hollywood star has been left with an award of $600, ooo for general damages only after her claim for special damages was rejected by three judges of the appeals court.

In court a year ago, she successfully argued that eight articles published by Bauer magazines in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar, and that this resulted in her being sacked from two feature films.

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"The Court of Appeal held that, for a considerable number of reasons, the critical inferences drawn by the judge could not be upheld", the summary of judgement said.

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

"It followed that the judge's award of damages for economic loss had to be set aside, there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".

Wilson, who starred in the Pitch Perfect films as well as How To Be Single and and Bridesmaids, has said she will give away the damages to charity and to support the Australian film industry. Several media organisations questioned whether the decision set a new precedent for defamation payments.

She added though that as she had pledged to donate the money to charity, the ruling to slash the payout was disappointing.

The $4.5 million figure far exceeded the $389,500 statutory cap that media companies have previously relied on to protect them in defamation cases.

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