Court slashes Rebel Wilson payout by $3.9 million

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson has dropped into Twitter yesterday to 1) Educate her fans about people unlawfully using her image to sell shit; 2) Remind everyone she already won her defamation case against Bauer Media; and most importantly, 3) Show off the gorgeeeee Prague filming location for her next film, Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit.

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".

The articles alleged Wilson had lied about her age, her name and her upbringing in Australia, and were featured across Australian magazines, including Bauer's Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine.

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The suit was over a number articles, published in 2015, which made Wilson out to be a serial liar.

Rebel Wilson was awarded the damages and compensation in the Victorian Supreme Court, with Justice John Dixon arguing the amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged".

But Bauer Media successfully challenged that finding in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne.

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The actress she won her defamation case against Bauer Media in September a year ago. Bauer Media immediately said it would appeal the record-breaking payment.

It was previously Australia's largest ever defamation payout.

The Court of Appeal also reduced Wilson's non-economic losses from $650,000 to $600,000.

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The judge who determined the initial payout had relied on testimony from Wilson and two Hollywood agents that the articles, which were not published in the United States, still would have influenced movie industry decision makers, the appeals court judges added. Bauer Media quibbling about how much they now have to pay me, ' she wrote. "I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry".

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