Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media reduced on appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media reduced on appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media reduced on appeal

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

"In the lead up to today, major media organisations united in an unprecedented way to support Bauer's appeal in relation to that issue".

"For a considerable number of reasons, the critical inferences drawn by the judge could not be upheld", three judges in the Victorian state appeals court wrote in a judgment.

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher previous year after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

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Wilson claimed she lost film roles as a result of the articles and she was awarded the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history.

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.

Last year Wilson won a case against publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

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

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During the trial, Wilson said her agents had advised her to stop mentioning her age - which was reported to be 29 in 2015 - because "Hollywood is very ageist, especially towards women".

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.

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

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