Wilson’s mas­sive pay­out re­duced

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NATION -

HOL­LY­WOOD star Rebel Wilson has lost al­most all of her record $4.7 mil­lion 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 was 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 up­held yes­ter­day by the Court of Ap­peal.

In a mas­sive blow to Wilson (pic­tured), Jus­tices Pamela Tate, David Beach and David Ash­ley found there was no ba­sis for her to be awarded fi­nan­cial dam­ages for the po­ten­tial loss of roles, set­ting aside eco­nomic dam­ages en­tirely.

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 – Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 – 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 dam­ages by los­ing movie roles. “The judge re­lied upon ev­i­dence of Ms Wilson, and upon ev­i­dence of her prin­ci­pal United States agent and an­other in­de­pen­dent Hol­ly­wood agent as to what they ex­pected, hoped and as­sumed would have oc­curred af­ter Ms Wilson’s suc­cess with Pitch Per­fect 2. He re­lied also upon his as­sess­ment of the tra­jec­tory of Ms Wilson’s career,” the court said.

But it found that the crit­i­cal in­fer­ences drawn by the judge could not be up­held.

Wilson, who at­tended every day of the month-long defama­tion trial and one day of the ap­peal, is cur­rently in Europe film­ing new movie Jojo Rab­bit.

But she tweeted in the leadup that she wasn’t wor­ried about the ap­peal.

“What hap­pens to­mor­row is to do with the losers @bauer­me­dia quib­bling about how much they now have to pay me,” Wilson said.

The 38-year-old had claimed more than $7 mil­lion in dam­ages af­ter a jury found she was ma­li­ciously de­famed by four Bauer pub­li­ca­tions.

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