Court reduces damages payout to Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson’s record A$4.5m (£2.5m) damages win for defamation by Bauer Media has been reduced to $600,000 on appeal.
The supreme court in Victoria ruled yesterday that the Australian actor had not proved she had lost work and suffered economic damages in Hollywood as a result of articles in Australian magazines that painted her as a serial liar.
The court said the defamation caused hurt and distress and reassessed her damages for noneconomic loss, including aggravated compensatory damages, down from $650,000 to $600,000. It accepted Bauer’s argument that there was insufficient evidence Wilson had lost millions in potential earnings.
Last year a six-person jury found in favour of Wilson’s claim against the publisher of Woman’s Day and the Australian Women’s Weekly.