Rebel Wilson loses Australia defamation payout appeal

Irene MckinneyNov 18, 2018

But a court in June slashed the payout, after Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision, arguing the damages were too high.

Australian actress, Rebel Wilson, has lost an appeal against a court decision that cut a record payout against Germany's Bauer Media, which was found to have defamed her in a series of articles, Australian media reported on Friday.

As she left the court, Wilson said: "This has been a long fight and a long journey in the courts, but the great thing about today is that it brings it to a definitive end".

A court awarded her a A$4.7m (£2.6m; $3.5m) payout past year, but that sum was reduced to A$600,000 on appeal.

Bauer Media was obviously thrilled by the decision.

The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million ($4.7 million AUD) after a jury concluded she'd missed out on film roles because of the articles.

Bauer Media's CEO, Paul Dykzeul, added: "Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever".

The Court of Appeal eventually revised the damages in the amount of $600,000.

After a brief adjournment, the High Court chose to refuse the special leave application, with costs.

"In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed", Justice Virginia Bell said at the court in the national capital, Canberra.

Bauer Media's general counsel Adrian Goss said: "Bauer Media is pleased that the High Court has chosen to bring an end to this matter".

Rebel Wilson is celebrating "seeing through" a lengthy court case which has ended with her having to repay AU$4.1m (£2.3m) of her original payout. I never thought I would be here and it's such an fantastic experience to go through, and incredible that I won the case. "It was about standing up to a bully, and I've done that so successfully".

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