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Rebel Wilson awarded $3.66M US in defamation case

Rebel Wilson awarded $3.66M US in defamation case
From CBC - September 13, 2017

A judge awarded Rebel Wilson record damages of $4.56 million Australian ($3.66 million US) on Wednesday over magazine articles the actress said cost her roles in Hollywood films.

A Supreme Court jury in Australia's Victoria state had decided in June the articles claiming she lied about her age, origins of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney were defamatory.

Justice John Dixon said a substantial award amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged."

Bauer Media, publisher of the Australian magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, NW and OK, said it was considering the judgment.

'Was not about the money'

The 37-year-old Wilson, best known for the comedies Pitch Perfectand Bridesmaids,was in London on Wednesday and her lawyers were unable to immediately talk to her about the decision.

Wilson said on Twitter that the case "was not about the money."

Today was the end of a long and hard court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to take me down with a series of false articles.

@RebelWilson

Today Justice Dixon accepted that Bauer Media subjected me to a sustained and malicious attack timed to coincide with the launch of Pitch 2

@RebelWilson

He said the nature of the aggravated defamation and the unprecedented extent of dissemination makes vindication of particular importance.

@RebelWilson

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