Среда, 12 Декабря, 2018

Rebel Wilson’s Bauer defamation payout slashed from $4.5m to $600,000

Rebel Wilson was initially awarded $4.5 million Rebel Wilson was initially awarded $4.5 million
Freda Brock | 14 Июня, 2018, 13:50

"In particular, this court has rejected the finding that Rebel Wilson lost the opportunity to earn AU$15m by being cast in lead or co-lead roles in three Hollywood feature films during the period from mid-2015 to the end of 2016", Justice Pamela Tate said.

The jury had been asked to consider 40 questions and eight claims of defamation relating to a series of articles accusing Wilson of lying about her age, real name and childhood.

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher previous 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 the Court of Appeal ruled that Wilson had not proven the company was responsible for her losing the film roles.

Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson's record Australian defamation payout of $4.6m (£2.7m) has been slashed to $600,000 (£338,000) on appeal.

The magazine publisher appealed against what was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history, arguing the size of the settlement set a unsafe precedent and there were errors of law in the judgment.

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The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

The $650,000 compensation was also reduced to $600,000.

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted on Wednesday night.

"While this case was never about the money for me ..."

"It followed that the judge's award of damages for economic loss had to be set aside, there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss". "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".

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss, said: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

Wilson speaks to the media outside court after her initial victory.

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