Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 24, 2017

However, she claims a series of "malicious" articles published by Bauer Media painted her as a fake and a liar, claiming she'd lied about her age, name and background.

Documents shown to the jury reveal the article's author, Shari Nementzik, and the magazine's editor-in-chief, Fiona Connolly, had expressed concerns about being sued over it.

A fan stops Wilson for a selfie outside court.

On Friday, she told reporters outside the court that it was "really important, that the truth comes out".

She also disputed the defence's claims she actually had a privileged upbringing by saying, "I definitely consider myself a bogan" - a derogatory Australian term used to describe an unsophisticated person of low social status.

He claimed that Wilson was subsequently fired from the movies "Kung Fu Panda 3", and "Trolls", and has not been offered work since.

Her name had been legally changed from Melanie to Rebel, she said, and she had photographic evidence of her malaria diagnosis and her parents' dog-training days. "Rebel knew instantly that the article was serious". She thought she had never been hit with such nastiness.

He told the story of Ms Wilson's upbringing - from growing up in Sydney's west to a law degree to her scene-stealing big break in the film Bridesmaids, which netted her the grand fee of $3500. As a result, Rebel is alleging she lost out on movie roles, Page Six reports.

"The phone just stopped ringing", Dr Collins said.

Wilson told the court she had hoped the story would be contained to Australia, but a day after it was published, it was being discussed on American television and radio. "There could be no other explanation", he said.

Wilson is suing Australian publisher Bauer Media for defamation over several articles published in 2015 that the Australian-born actress said led to her film contracts being terminated.

If she was still a successful actor, "I would not be here".

The company's lawyer, Georgina Schoff QC, told the jury that was "why we are all here". B&T will cover the three-week trial in detail.

"OMG oh my god I LOVE this xxx", wrote one magazine employee when the comment was circulated around the office, according to emails tendered by Wilson's legal team.

"They refused to let the facts get in the way of a good story", he said, The Age newspaper reported. Here was young Rebel Wilson in a white dress.

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