Record li­bel pay­out to ‘Brides­maids’ ac­tress slashed

Irish Examiner - - World News - Ni­cholas Ford

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.

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