High Court rejects Rebel Wilson's defamation case appeal

High Court rejects Rebel Wilson's defamation case appeal

Rebel Wilson's day in court was far from pitch flawless when the Australian star was denied a leave to appeal an earlier decision that reversed her winning defamation case against Bauer Media, with a jury awarding her $4.7 million (in Canadian dollars). I am proud of this victory and all of the hard fight!

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson's bid for her case to be heard in the High Court of Australia has not been granted.

Wilson sued magazine publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

Bauer Media released a statement a short time ago, saying they were glad the lawsuit had come to an end.

The court, in accepting Bauer's appeal on costs, said there was insufficient evidence the articles prevented Wilson from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood and it cut her payout to A$600,000.

The actress had sued Woman's Day magazine past year over a series of articles in 2015 that she said had painted her as someone who'd lied about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

The actress lost her final bid to reclaim the payout for the defamation case.

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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.

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

Speaking outside the court, Wilson said that her attempt at appealing wasn't motivated by money, but was about "standing up to a bully".

Bauer Media chief executive Paul Dykzeul welcomed the decision, saying: "Our audience trust our content and our writers and they love our iconic brands like Woman's Day and Australian Women's Weekly".

Justice John Dixon awarded the Los Angeles-based star a record-breaking Australian damages payout.

On Friday, Bauer Media said it was "pleased that the High Court has chosen to bring an end to this matter".

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