Court re­duces dam­ages pay­out to Rebel Wil­son

The Guardian - - WORLD - Amanda Meade Syd­ney

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.

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