Hollywood comic film star Rebel Wilson has told a Melbourne court of a hallucination she had about winning an Oscar while she was struck down with malaria.
What has resulted is this freakish all-singing-all-dancing variety show before Victoria's venerable Supreme Court.
In the most showbiz of trials to come before Australia's Victorian Supreme Court in years, Wilson took the stand as the first witness in her case against Bauer Media, the Herald Sun reported.
Wilson has taken the stand in the Supreme Court in Melbourne to give evidence about her "bogan" upbringing in Sydney's north-west and the devastating impact of the articles.
Wilson says the articles gutted her career, which was just starting to bloom.
'She thought she'd never been hit with such nastiness, coincided to time with the pinnacle of her career, ' he said.
"Everyone was saying that Rebel was a liar, the grapevine went beserk".
The Fat Pizza, Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect star told the jury of the tough slog she'd had to start scoring roles in Hollywood - and how that was all shattered when Bauer Media published what she claims were defamatory, "malicious" articles about her.
"[Bauer Media] refused to let the facts get in the way of a good story", he said.
The jury was shown an entire episode of the ABC's Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery, featuring Wilson.
"Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story, she is an extraordinary talent", Dr Collins said.
Wilson told the jury she considered herself a bogan, before being asked to describe the meaning of the word by her barrister.
'It's kind of like they're getting the knife and just shoving it further into me, ' she said.
They will also argue that the articles published were largely true, calling into question some of the things Ms Wilson had said to other media outlets in the past.
The court also heard about a stoush between Wilson and Bauer Media after a journalist contacted the star's 86-year-old grandmother and "tried to manipulate" the elderly woman to dish "dirt" on her granddaughter.
She said actors often lied about their age: "We all know that people do it", she said.
Her immediate family and actor Hugh Sheridan are all expected to give evidence during the three week trial.