Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 14, 2018

Rebel Wilson's $4.5million defamation payout has been slashed to just $600,000 on appeal.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson speaks to the media out the front of the Victorian Supreme Court after a jury of six has returned unanimous verdicts in favour of Wilson against Bauer Media.

Wilson planned to donate her damages award to charity.

In the hours before the appeal, Wilson pointed out that Thursday's case was contending the amount of money she was to be paid, not the result of the case.

On Wednesday the actress tweeted that despite the Court of Appeal being due to hand down its decision on the magazine publisher's damages appeal on Thursday, she has "already won the case".

Wilson was originally awarded $4.5m last September, which was the biggest defamation payout in Australian history.

The Sydney Morning Herald said the articles "painted her as a serial liar".

'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'.

That sum would have been the largest defamation payment ever ordered by an Australian court.

"It was important for us to revisit the award of damages", said Adrian Goss, Bauer Media's general counsel, according to the Australian paper.

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

The Court of Appeal found there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely. She said she subsequently had not tried to correct wrong information printed about herself.

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.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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