Rebel Wilson gets Australia’s biggest defamation payout following lawsuit win
Australian-born actress Rebel Wilson has just won the largest defamation payout in her country’s history, given more than NZD$4.9 million from her legal battle with Bauer Media.
Originally before the trial, the ‘Pitch Perfect’ actress had offered to settle with Bauer Media and their magazines for a mere $200,000.
But according to the Herald Sun, the Supreme Court judge called the extent of Rebel’s defamation "unprecedented" and had deliberately published it to capitalise at the peak of interest around Pitch Perfect 2.
The company’s “campaign” to paint her as a “serial liar” spanned across a series of defamatory articles published in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK! Magazine.
She claimed the articles caused her to lose roles on two major roles in ‘Trolls’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda’, and was unable to land any further work.
In a lawsuit to the media company, she said she wanted to make an example about standing up to bullies.
"I take being a role model very seriously".
The actress has vowed to donate any damages she receives, and award them to charity, scholarships or investments in the Australian film industry "to provide jobs".