Rebel Wilson’s Bauer defamation payout slashed from $4.5m to $600,000

The night before the decision Wilson took to Twitter to reveal she wasn't bothered by the appeal

The night before the decision Wilson took to Twitter to reveal she wasn't bothered by the appeal

When Wilson won the case a year ago, 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.

A magazine publisher has successfully appealed against the size of a record defamation payout awarded to actress Rebel Wilson in Australia.

The Victorian Court of Appeal has now decided Wilson should not receive any money for loss of earnings.

The actress added that she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 after the stories were published.

Having now appealed the amount of money they were forced to pay, a court has now ruled that Bauer Media will only need to pay A$600,000 (£338,000).

The final figure is significantly less than the $4.5 million the Pitch Perfect star had originally been awarded in damages after she was defamed in a series of magazine articles.

It found the previous judge, Justice John Dixon of the Supreme Court, had relied on evidence from Wilson and Hollywood agents to draw the conclusion that the actor had lost job opportunities due to the articles.


Bauer did not appeal the verdict that the articles were defamatory, but argued the Australian-record damages awarded in September were excessive.

Wilson said previously that she would donate the money made from the case to charity and use it to support the Australian film industry.

But the Court of Appeal said there was no basis for her to receive financial damages for the potential loss of roles.

The Sydney-born actress is now busy filming her new movie Jojo Rabbit in Europe.

"It followed that the judge's award of damages for economic loss had to be set aside".

According to Buzzfeed, the judge denied Wilson "special damages" stating she had not proven that the defamation cost her work.

"I'm looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with damages I've received".

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