Two years ago, an Australian magazine published articles that tarnished the reputation of actress Rebel Wilson. The Bauer Media’s Woman’s day and Australian Woman weekly claimed, in the articles, that Wilson had lied about her real age and that she had grown up in a ghetto area in Sydney.
A jury comprising of six people deliberated two days to lay down their final verdict. Within the two days, the six were asked to respond to 40 questions and consider the eight articles said to have defamed the pitch perfect star. Justice John Dixon was the one to decide on how much Bauer Media would pay Rebel Wilson for the damages.
The Australia’s Victoria State Supreme court ruled in favor of Wilson claiming that the said articles, published in 2015 were indeed defamatory. Bauer Media failed to prove that the information posted on their magazine that Wilson reduced six years from her real age and that she lied about the origin of the name Rebel, and, also the claim that she was raised in Sydney’s ghetto area was indeed accurate.
Wilson said that she didn’t care much about the damages, but to ensure that she cleared her name. According to the movie star, the articles caused significant damage to her career, saying she got her film contracts canceled following the same. The 37-year old said that she’d use the money received to support Australian charities and promote the OZ film industries. Rebel Wilson won 4.56 million Australian dollars in the case.
According to Wilson’s legal representatives, the damages were roughly four times higher than other costs paid for defamation in Australia.
Bauer Media said that they’d consider their options for the court ruling. Apparently, the media is also supposed to cover all of Wilson’s legal expenditures, with Wilson’s team confirming that they would apply for refunds.
Rebel Wilson is now planning to return to Hollywood to rebuild her film career.