Rebel Wilson loses Aussie defamation payout appeal

Brenda Watkins
November 17, 2018

The Court of Appeal determined Wilson couldn't prove economic loss or that she missed out on film contracts as a result of the Bauer articles, with Wilson forced to repay most of her payout.

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).

Justice Dixon strongly criticised Bauer Media for failing to properly investigate the claims about Wilson, and for publishing them despite knowing they were false.

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson on Friday said she was proud to "stand up to a bully" despite losing a bid to reinstate a multi-million-dollar defamation payout from an Australian publisher.

In June 2017 Wilson successfully argued that eight articles published by Bauer Media's magazines falsely portrayed her as a serial liar.

'I saw it out to the bitter end, ' she said.

On Friday, Wilson's last hope of reviewing the compensation was dismissed by Australia's top court.

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At the time, it was the largest payout in Australian history.

After a brief adjournment, the High Court chose to refuse the special leave application, with costs.

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

"In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed", Justice Virginia Bell said at the court in the national capital, Canberra.

Speaking to reporters outside the High Court, Ms Wilson said while the process has been a long one, the hearing today finally brings the matter to a 'definitive end'.

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".

"To me it was never about the money".

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