Rebel Wilson back in Australian courts in defamation appeal

Rebel Wilson has applied to Australia’s highest court to increase her payout in a defamation case against a magazine publisher.

The 38-year-old comic actress, best known for parts in the Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids movies, was awarded a national record 4.6 million Australian dollars (€2.9m) in damages in September.

It came after a Victoria state Supreme Court jury found that German publisher Bauer Media defamed her in a series of articles in 2015 claiming she lied about her age, the origin of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney.

But three judges at the Court of Appeal last month upheld an appeal by Bauer and slashed Wilson’s payout to 600,000 dollars (€378,000).

She was also ordered to pay 80% of Bauer’s legal costs from its appeal.

Wilson has lodged an application at the High Court to restore Judge Dixon’s ruling.

The Court of Appeal overturned his finding that Wilson’s career had been on an “upward trajectory” before the articles, instead saying the judge had given “a picture of the plaintiff’s career trajectory that significantly overstated its success and ignored its hiccups”.

According to court documents, Wilson’s lawyers will argue Judge Dixon was correct, and that he was also right in finding the articles caused a “huge international media firestorm” affecting Wilson’s career and reputation.

The lawyer will also argue the Court of Appeal was wrong to conclude Wilson needed to prove economic loss by showing a project had been cancelled.

A single High Court judge will hear Wilson’s application at a date yet to be set.

The judge would then either reject her appeal or rule that the full bench of seven judges will hear it.

- Press Association


More on this topic

Church sacristan, 92, died after traffic crossing fall

Insect expert tells trial tank containing Bobby Ryan's body was opened weeks before accused says he found it

Former boxing champ who tried to blame innocent victim for crash gets extra 15 months jail time

High Court president strikes off solicitor who admitted dishonesty and misconduct

More in this Section

UK surgeons hail ‘world first’ op to tackle leading cause of sight loss

Great white shark’s giant genome could help humans

Scientists explain why microwaved grapes explode

Gibraltar insists Spanish warship ‘incursion’ was challenge to sovereignty


Lifestyle

Want to have a whale of a time? IWDG bringing Iceland expedition stories to libraries

Mature students should start on grant applications

Rosamund Pike’s battle to portray war reporter Marie Colvin

Other side of Gaza: Irish film-makers highlight ordinary lives in the besieged territory

More From The Irish Examiner