Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson was awarded millions over lost job opportunities after false stories were printed about her

After winning the record payout, she said: "I had to stand up to a bully, a huge media organisation, Bauer Media Group, who maliciously took me down in 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles".

Magazine publisher Bauer Media has had a major win in its appeal over Rebel Wilson's defamation suit and will now have to pay the actress $600,000.

Supreme Court Justice John Dixon awarded her a record $4.5 million, including $3.9 million in economic damages relating to a loss of income.

Actress Rebel Wilson struts across the stage as she is introduced to speak at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military at Temple University in Philadelphia, May 2, 2018.

The Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in Melbourne on Thursday and Wilson was not present in court for the ruling.

Bauer Media had appealed the record damages which were awarded to Wilson past year over defamatory articles that she successfully argued had portrayed her as a serial liar.

Wilson said previously that she would donate the money made from the case to charity and use it to support the Australian film industry.

Rebel Wilson accused Bauer Media of a
Image Rebel Wilson accused Bauer Media of a"malicious deliberate take-down

Wilson said in April that she and her legal team were "very confident" the original defamation payout would be upheld.

"It followed that the judge's award of damages for economic loss had to be set aside, there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".

Wilson, an Australian star of Hollywood films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, has vowed to give her compensation to charity.

In its appeal against the decision, Bauer Media argued that the $4.5 million payout was excessive and should be set aside due to errors in fact and law.

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, General Counsel, Adrian Goss, said in a statement: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

Wilson is overseas at the moment, so she has yet to comment on today's decision.

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