Rebel’s big win cut back to size

The Advertiser - - NEWS - SHAN­NON DEERY FRI­DAY JUNE 15 2018

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.

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