Court slashes Rebel Wilson payout by $3.9 million

Magazine publisher Bauer Media has had a major win in its appeal over Rebel Wilson's defamation suit and will now have to pay the actress $600,000.

The court set aside the decision to give Ms Wilson around $3.9 million for economic losses, and reduced the $650,000 compensation figure awarded to the actress for non-economic loss by $50,000.

A year ago, a jury found that Bauer Media, which publishes magazines like Australian Women's Weekly and Woman's Day, had defamed Wilson when it published a series of articles claiming she'd lied about her name, age, and other details about her life.

During a two-day appeal hearing in Melbourne in April, Bauer's barrister Michael Wheelahan QC argued the level of damages was "manifestly excessive".

'The trial judge erred in finding the plaintiff had established, on the balance of probabilities, the loss of an opportunity to earn US$15 million from being cast in lead or co-lead roles in three feature films, ' the judgement said.

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.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

Wilson was originally awarded $4.5m last September, which was the biggest defamation payout in Australian history.

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

The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case.

Sad for Wilson, except not really seeing as she's already said she planned to donate any money she received to charity, or use it to support the Australian film industry.

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted.

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