Rebel Wilson awarded $3.7M in defamation case

Bauer forced to pay Rebel Wilson $4.5m

Rebel Wilson was all-smiles to be awarded over a stunning $4.5 million (in Australian dollars) win today.

An Australian judge awarded $3.66 million to comedienne Rebel Wilson on Wednesday over a defamation lawsuit against a magazine that reported she lied about her age, the origins of her first name and her upbringing.

Wilson's legitimate group had contended for $5.89 million in exceptional harms and $1.2 million by and large harms.

Wilson said she would be donating the A$4.5million ($3.6 million) to a number of Australian charities.

Bauer lawyer Georgina Schoff told the judge that Wilson had failed to prove the articles caused her financial losses. She has said she will give the money away.

The six-woman jury on June 15 overwhelmingly finds in favour of Wilson.

iMediaEthics has contacted Bauer Media for a response to the judgement. It is said to be the highest defamation payout in Australia's legal history.

Bauer Media said it was considering the judgment.

The Pitch Perfect star said this had led to her missing out on film roles. "I can only now describe that as a shakedown", said Wilson. In general, Wilson argued that finding work has been much more challenging for her because of the Woman's Day articles. "I also feel like it's important to stand up to bullies", she went on. "In the full media glare, Bauer Media's defence of this case attempted to characterise its articles as true or as trivial or not likely to be taken seriously". When the jury delivered its verdict they answered every single question in my favor. "He said the nature of the aggravated defamation and the unprecedented extent of dissemination makes vindication of particular importance. It was hurtful and devastating that a corporation would do something like that, knowing that their paid anonymous source and stories were dodgy". "They're calling me a fake when I'm known for being myself", she added.

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