Thursday, 21 June, 2018

'I have already won': Rebel Wilson confident ahead of Bauer appeal decision

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal Rebel Wilson's $4.5m defamation damages slashed to $600,000
Adrian Cunningham | 14 June, 2018, 11:23

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

Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon subsequently awarded Wilson $650,000 in general damages and $3.97 million in special damages, saying the defamation was "unprecedented in this country" and warranted "a substantial damages award to vindicate her and nail the lie".

But the Court of Appeal found there was no basis for her to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely.

Her lawyers had been seeking more than $7 million claiming Wilson had missed out on major Hollywood film roles.

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss, said: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

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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 other post, she wrote: 'The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!' It had been the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history, according to the Herald.

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.

At the time, Wilson tweeted she would be donating the money to Australian charities and supporting the Australian film industry with the money.

Actress Rebel Wilson struts across the stage as she is introduced to speak at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military at Temple University in Philadelphia, May 2, 2018.