Rebel’s big win cut back to size
HOLLYWOOD star Rebel Wilson has lost almost all of her record $4.7m defamation payout.
Wilson won the biggest defamation payout in Australian history last year after taking magazine publisher Bauer Media to court over a string of articles she said destroyed her reputation.
She had been awarded a record $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages for economic loss.
The payout prompted an immediate appeal by Bauer that was yesterday upheld by the Court of Appeal.
In a massive blow to Wilson, Justices Pamela Tate, David Beach and David Ashley cut the award for economic loss finding it had been wrongly awarded.
It also reduced the general damages amount by $50,000 leaving Wilson with a total payout of just $600,000, still above the $389,000 cap for damages of that kind.
The court agreed with Bauer that trial judge Justice John Dixon had made an error when he ordered Wilson be compensated for losing film roles.
Wilson claimed she was sacked from two films and unable to land any more work due to the articles.
But the Court of Appeal found she failed to properly establish that she had suffered economic damage by losing movie roles.
Wilson is currently in Europe filming new movie. But she tweeted before the decision: “What happens… is to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me,.”
NOT WORRIED: Rebel Wilson at court during the case.