Record libel payout to ‘Bridesmaids’ actress slashed
An Australian court has slashed a record libel pay out for actress Rebel Wilson, saying there was insufficient evidence a series of magazine articles published by Bauer Media prevented her from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood.
The star of three Pitch Perfect movies and Bridesmaids won A$4.6m (€3m) in damages from the German publisher last year after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.
But Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision, arguing the damages bill was too high.
Yesterday, Victorian state appeals court cut Wilson’s payout to just A$600,000.
“For a considerable number of reasons, the critical inferences drawn by the judge could not be upheld,” three judges in the Victorian state appeals court ruled.
The judge who determined the initial payout had relied on testimony from Wilson and two Hollywood agents that the articles, which were not published in the US, still would have influenced movie industry decision makers, the judges added.