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Court throws out media companies’ attempt to join Rebel Wilson defamation appeal

The Victorian Court of Appeal has rejected a united attempt by media companies to join Bauer Media in their appeal against last year’s $4.5 million defamation award to Rebel Wilson.

The attempt saw Fairfax, News, Nine Entertainment, Seven West and the ABC join Bauer’s appeal against the judgement claiming it exceeded the legal cap for defamation payouts and that the ruling had implications for free speech in Australia.

This morning the Victorian Court of Appeal rejected the media organisations’ application.

Wilson was triumphant about the decision, tweeting that the media organisations’ application had been “thrown in the trash like Bauer Media’s magazines”.

Mumbrella has sought comment from Rebel Wilson’s management and the media organisations concerned.

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