Rebel Wilson awarded $4.5m in damages following defamation win against Bauer

The Victorian Supreme Court has awarded Rebel Wilson $4.5m in damages this morning.

It comes three months after the Australian celebrity won her landmark defamation case against Bauer Media.

Wilson launched action against the publisher of Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine in May 2016, alleging she was defamed in several articles published in 2015, including a Woman’s Day story titled ‘Just who is the REAL Rebel?’

The articles alleged Wilson had lied about her age, her name and her upbringing in Australia, and were featured across Australian magazines, including Bauer’s Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine.

Wilson sued Bauer for damages, arguing the ‘serial liar’ allegations had ruined her reputation and cost her lucrative movie roles.

Today, the court has ruled Wilson will receive $4.5m in damages.

Following her landmark win in June, Wilson said any proceedings from her defamation case would be used for good causes.

It has been reported the Los Angeles based actress was seeking up to $7m in damages from the troubled media company which recently replaced its Australian CEO. Wilson claims the articles may have cost her up to $18m in lost earnings.

Responding to today’s judgement on behalf of Bauer Media, Adrian Goss, General Counsel, said the company would remain focused on delivering “great stories”.

“Bauer Media has a long history of delivering great stories to our readers and we have a reputation for developing some of the best editorial teams in this country.

“It is about continuing to do what we do best and that is delivering great content to more than 85% of Australian women across the country via our iconic portfolio,” Goss said.


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