Rebel Wilson has been awarded $4.56 million after winning her defamation case against Bauer Media.
The actress sued Woman’s Day magazine for publishing a series of articles which reportedly defamed her.
In June, a six-person jury found that the Pitch Perfect star was defamed by Bauer Media in eight articles by branding her a serial liar.
Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon determined that Wilson should receive $650,000 in general damages and $3.91 million in special damages, which is the highest payout in Australian legal history.
Justice Dixon said the damage to Ms Wilson’s reputation was “unprecedented” and she suffered “financial loss” as a result of the articles being amplified by Hollywood gossip sites.
“Substantial damages are necessary to compensate her,” he said.
Wilson’s instructing solicitor, Richard Leder, said his client would be absolutely thrilled with the decision.
Wilson has promised to give the money from her defamation win to charity and would also use the funds to create scholarships and invest in Australia’s film industry, hoping to create more opportunities for up-and-coming actors.
“I take being a role model very seriously,” she said.
Wilson is on a holiday in Europe after filming her upcoming film, Isn’t It Romantic.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen