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Rebel Wilson loses the offer to keep the biggest payout from defamation



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Sydney (AP) – Rebel Wilson said she was pleased that she rose to a "silence" despite losing her offer Friday to keep most of the record payouts she was given in case of defamation against the Australian newspaper.

Last year, the actress sued the Women's Day for a series of articles in 2015, which said she had shot her as someone who had lied about her real name, age and childhood to do it in Hollywood.


Victoria's Supreme Court awarded her $ 3.4 million ($ 4.7 million) payment from the Australian edition after the jury concluded that she missed the film roles due to articles. Wilson asked for $ 5 million ($ 7 million) for damage.

However, in June this amount was reduced by 90 percent, after Bauer Media's publishers complained. The Victorian Court of Appeal said that Wilson could not prove an economic loss or missed film contracts as a result of the articles. The court ordered the actress to repay nearly $ 3 million ($ 4.1 million) and 80% of Bauer's legal expenses.


Attorneys Wilson on Friday sought permission to complain about the reduction of the High Court – Australia's highest judicial body – but the application was rejected.

"In our opinion, there is insufficient prospect that the appeal will succeed," Judge Virginia Bell told the court in Canberra capital.


The publisher of the magazine welcomed the decision. "Bauer Media has been invested in Australian business now more than ever," said Bauer CEO Paul Dikzeul in a statement. "Our audience trusts our content and our writers and they love our iconic brands like Women's Day and Australian Women's Weekly."

Wilson, who was sitting in the front row of a public gallery during a short hearing, said out of court that she was glad that the process was over.

"This is a long fight and a long trip to the courts, but the great thing today is that it leads to a definite end," she told reporters.

"The whole reason for filing this case is that I wanted to fight against the perpetrators, which is Bauer Media."

Wilson said she was proud of her "seeing it right on the bitter end," and that she was glad that the original jury "regained my reputation."

"Today was just a small point of special damage, and for me it was never about money, but about how to give in to the bullying and I did it."


Wilson is home to the Australian best known for Hollywood roles in the films "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids".

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