Rebel Wilson defamation damages payout slashed almost $4m on appeal

14 June, 2018, 11:21 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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                    Rebel Wilson

Wilson, 38, was not present in court when the Court of Appeal handed down its ruling and published a 252-page judgment on Thursday.

Wilson alleged she was defamed in several articles published in 2015, including a Woman's Day story titled 'Just who is the REAL Rebel?'

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.

In September previous year, Wilson won the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history, with Bauer ordered to pay $4.56 million in damages after accusing Wilson of being a serial liar in one of their magazines.

It also reduced Wilson's non-economic losses by 50,000 Australian dollars to 600,000 Australian dollars.

The appeal court removed the AU$3.9 million ($2.95 million) that the trial judge awarded for roles lost because of damage to Wilson's reputation.

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Supreme Court Justice John Dixon awarded her a record $4.5 million, including $3.9 million in financial damages relating to a loss of income.

Bauer did not appeal the verdict that the articles were defamatory, but argued the Australian-record damages awarded in September were excessive. "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", she added with a koala emoji at the end.

It was previously Australia's largest ever defamation payout.

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

However, the attempt was rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

When Wilson won the case previous 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.

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