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Old 09-13-17, 12:45 AM
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Actress Rebel Wilson awarded record $3.6M in Australian defamation case

Actress Rebel Wilson awarded record $3.6M in Australian defamation case



(CNN)Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded $3.6 million ($4.5 million Australian) by an Australian court after it found a popular magazine guilty of defamation.
The amount is the "largest defamation damages award in Australian legal history," Wilson's lawyers said.
The judgment follows a unanimous jury verdict in June that Bauer Media, publisher of Woman's Day magazine, had defamed Wilson by branding her a "serial liar" who "fabricated almost every aspect of her life."

The magazine published articles claiming Wilson lied about her name, age and childhood so she could make it in Hollywood. As a result, the actress said, she missed out on several prominent film roles and other opportunities in the wake of the success of "Pitch Perfect 2," which came out in May 2015.
Justice John Dixon said Bauer Media had failed to show the claims made about Wilson were substantially true or trivial.

'Necessary' payout
The $3.6 million in damages is the biggest defamation payout in Australian history, Wilson's lawyers said.
It was broken down into $522,000 ($650,000 Australian) in general damages, and $3.1 million ($3.9 million Australian) in special damages for Wilsons' "opportunity for new screen roles lost by reason of the defendant's publications."


Dixon defended the high payout as necessary to vindicate the actress.
"Unless substantial damages are awarded there is a real risk that the public will not be convinced of the seriousness of the defamation, but will rather wrongly conclude that the articles were trivial or not that serious," he told the court.

Bauer Media, Dixon added, failed to properly investigate the allegations, which came from a source who required payment and anonymity, and whom the editor considered "had an ax to grind."

In a statement, Bauer Media said it was "considering today's judgment."
The company's general counsel Adrian Gross said Bauer Media "has a long history of delivering great stories to our readers and we have a reputation for developing some of the best editorial teams in this country."

On Twitter, Wilson, who is in the UK and did not attend court, said she was going through the judgment with her lawyer and would make a statement later Wednesday.

Wilson's lawyer, Richard Leder, said judge's decision "recognizes the serious harm caused to Rebel's reputation and held Bauer Media to account for what the judge accepted was an orchestrated campaign against her."

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Wow I bet some in that magazine publication aren't too happy.

I don't know who this actress is but I found this amusing.
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Wow, you've never seen Pitch Perfect or Bridesmaids?
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Old 09-13-17, 07:26 AM
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This case should have been an easy win for the Defense.

Exhibit A. Rebel Wilson lies about being an actress.

Exhibit B. Rebel Wilson lies about being funny.

Seriously though, didnt the reported record any of these interviews? Sure that would have helped her case.
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Old 09-13-17, 08:13 AM
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I find her moderately funny.
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We need more verdicts like these to curb today's media desire to be first over being right. There's hardly any difference between TMZ and CNN these days.
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Not at all a fan, but defamation can be serious business.
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So that's what, ten thousand per pound?
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Good for her. But then again all actors and actresses lie about shit like that.
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I find her moderately funny.
I find her none funny, and don't understand the appeal.
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I find her none funny, and don't understand the appeal.
Makes sense to me. The appeal is an attempt to have the judgement reduced or perhaps overturned.
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I find Rebel Wilson hilarious and usually the best part of any movie she's in.
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She's The fatter Melissa McCarthy
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Makes sense to me. The appeal is an attempt to have the judgement reduced or perhaps overturned.
Now THAT'S funny.
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If she were 150lbs smaller all you bitches would be happy for her. I'm happy for her because she is funny...and 150lbs too heavy for you weak doods.
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Don't care for Wilson, but that's irrelevant here. Good for her
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We need more verdicts like these to curb today's media desire to be first over being right. There's hardly any difference between TMZ and CNN these days.
Agreed, but does that apply here?

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The journalist claims that Wilson lied about her birth name being "Rebel," and about being 29. She was older than 29 at the time, and her mother didn't name her Rebel, she named her Melanie.

That said, I don't see why someone at Woman's Day would feel revealing Wilson lied about these things is newsworthy. Age discrimination happens all the time, especially in Hollywood so I can understand why Wilson would lie about that. And aspiring actors and musicians often change their names to sound more interesting than they really are.
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3.6 mil can buy her a lot of cheeseburgers.
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Wow, you've never seen Pitch Perfect or Bridesmaids?
Never seen them.
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First, people still read magazines?

Second, people still read Women's Day?

Third, people read Australian Women's Day?

Fourth, people in Hollywood read Australian Women's Day?

Fifth, Hollywood executives base casting decisions on Australian Women's Day magazine?
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