Rebel Wilson's defamation payout intended for charity slashed

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout intended for charity slashed

The night before the decision, Wilson took to Twitter to reveal she wasn't bothered by the publisher's appeal.

Magazine publishers Bauer Media has had the amount they've been forced to pay Rebel Wilson in damages slashed by an Australian court.

The Sydney-born actress told the trial she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films "Trolls" and "Kung Fu Panda 3" following the stories.

The Court of Appeal has since ruled that there was no basis for Wilson to receive financial damages for the potential loss of roles.

The "Pitch Perfect" star - who said she planned to donate the damages to "charity, scholarships or [investment into] the Aussie film industry" - wrote on Wednesday: "As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!"

But Bauer Media successfully challenged that finding in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne.

A summary of the Court of Appeal's judgement said: "For a considerable number of reasons, the critical inferences drawn by the judge could not be upheld".

Bauer Media appealed against a Supreme Court of Victoria order that Wilson be compensated $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages
Bauer Media appealed against a Supreme Court of Victoria order that Wilson be compensated $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages

It found the previous judge, Justice John Dixon of the Supreme Court, had relied on evidence from Ms Wilson and Hollywood agents to draw the conclusion that the actress had lost job opportunities due to the articles.

Wilson is now in Europe in pre-production on Taika Waititi's war-drama Jojo Rabbit but she tweeted that the case was "never about the money" and that proceeds would be going to charity.

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

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".

"It followed that the judge's award of damages for economic loss had to be set aside".

Wilson, 38, is in Europe filming and was not in court.

"While this case was never about the money for me ..."

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