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Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout

In court past year, she successfully argued that eight articles published by Bauer magazines in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar, and that this resulted in her being sacked from two feature films.

The Sydney-born actress told the trial she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films "Trolls" and "Kung Fu Panda 3" following the stories.

The articles falsely claimed she lied about her real name, age and childhood in a bid to make it in Hollywood.

The Victorian supreme court ruled on Thursday morning that the Australian actor had not proved that she lost work and suffered economic damages in Hollywood as a result of the defamatory articles which painted her as a serial liar.

Rebel Wilson's $5 million defamation payout from Bauer Media for defamation has been cut to $600,000 on appeal.

An appeals court has slashed Rebel Wilson's record 4.6 million Australian dollar (£2.5 million) damage award to 600,000 Australian dollars (£338,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case.

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It was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history and Bauer appealed, arguing the size of the settlement set a unsafe precedent and there were errors of law in the judgement.

However the Court of Appeal found "there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss, said: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages". While this case was never about the money for me, I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry.

It was previously Australia's largest ever defamation payout.

The Oz court had ordered Bauer to pay her A$4.5m ($3.6m), a record for an Australian defamation case.

Wilson said on Twitter the night before the judgment that she had won the case regardless of the damages awarded.