Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Rebel Wilson: Actress loses bid to reclaim record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson leaving at the High Court of Australia in Canberra Camera Icon Rebel Wilson leaving at the High Court of Australia
Stacy Diaz | 17 November, 2018, 22:49

Wilson's barristers, Matthew Collins QC and Renee Enbom, had sought special leave to appeal at the court after she was forced to repay nearly 90 per cent of her record $4.7 million payout to the Woman's Day publisher that defamed her.

The decision today comes after Wilson was ordered to pay back millions of dollars to a magazine publisher that was found to have defamed her in a series of tabloid stories.

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

"To win such a huge case and recieve $600,000 in damages from Bauer Media is extremely significant and close to an Australian record".

The actress lost her final bid to reclaim the payout for the defamation case. 'I'm so proud of myself for seeing it through.

Wilson said she was proud of herself for "seeing it out right to the bitter end", and that she was glad the initial jury had "restored my reputation".

It was the largest defamation penalty in Australian legal history and drew criticism from across the country's publishing industry, which said it set a risky precedent.

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

"In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed", Justice Virginia Bell said.

Lawyers for Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson are set to appear in the country's highest court today in a bid to continue fighting her defamation case.

She said while her appeal was unsuccessful, the whole point was "to stand up to stand up to a bully".

"Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever", Bauer chief executive Paul Dykzeul said in a statement.

Bauer Media welcomed the court decision. I never thought I would be here and it's such an fantastic experience to go through, and unbelievable that I won the case.