Rebel Wilson damages slashed on appeal

Rebel Wilson damages slashed on appeal

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has had her $4.5 million defamation payout cut to $600,000 by the Court of Appeal.

Rebel Wilson was awarded the damages and compensation in the Victorian Supreme Court, with Justice John Dixon arguing the amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged".

A number of media companies - including Nine Entertainment, the publisher of this website - attempted to join Bauer Media in its appeal against the award to Wilson.

In court previous year, she successfully argued that eight articles published by Bauer magazines in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar, and that this resulted in her being sacked from two feature films.

The previous ruling granted her the $3.9 million figure on the basis she had missed out on film roles as a result of the defamatory articles.

"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 judgment said.

The Court of Appeal also reduced Wilson's non-economic losses from $650,000 to $600,000.

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!'

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

"This case was never about the money for me".

The original damages sum awarded to Ms Wilson last September was the largest defamation payment ever ordered by an Australian court, and several media organisations questioned whether the decision set a new precedent for defamation payments.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

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