Rebel Wilson ordered to repay $4.1 million to Bauer

Actress Rebel Wilson has been ordered to repay Bauer Media $4.1 million of the damages previously awarded to her along with interest and the bulk of the publisher’s appeal costs, the Victorian Court of Appeal ruled this afternoon.

The case, which saw Wilson awarded $4.5m for a series of defamatory stories published in 2015, took a turn against the US based actress two weeks ago when the court slashed the damages award to $600,000.

Wilson had not disputed returning the damages to Bauer but had argued about the timing and calculation of interest payments.

Justices Tate, Beech and Ashley of the Victorian Supreme Court found Bauer was entitled to the interest charged from October 3, 2017, the date the publisher had paid Wilson the higher amount, at an interest rate of 2% charged to 27 June.

The court ruled Wilson owed Bauer interest charges of $60,316.45, bringing the total to $4,183,071.45. She was also ordered to pay 80% of Bauer’s appeal costs.

In awarding the appeal costs the judges ruled that, despite the court agreeing Bauer seriously defamed Wilson, the publisher was entitled to receiving the costs for the parts of the proceedings where it was successful.


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