SYDNEY (AFP) – Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson (AP pic below) won Aus$4.5 million (US$3.6 million) in damages yesterday following a lengthy defamation case against an Australian publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar.
The 37-year-old ‘Pitch Perfect’ star successfully sued Bauer Media over magazine articles which claimed she had lied about her age and background to further her acting career – walking away with what is said to be Australia’s largest-ever payout for defamation.
Bauer argued the allegations made in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 were true and denied they had damaged her reputation.
Justice John Dixon said Bauer had “acted in its own corporate interests to secure improved circulation, or increased views/hits” in the ruling at the Supreme Court of Victoria.
“Bauer Media’s defence of this case attempted to characterise its articles as true or as trivial or not likely to be taken seriously,” he said. “Unless substantial damages are awarded there is a real risk that the public will not be convinced of the seriousness of the defamation.”