Rebel Wilson Bauer Payout Slashed From $4.5M To $600K
The Court of Appeal has today slashed Bauer Media’s defamation payout to Rebel Wilson from $4.5 million to $600,000.
Following a two day appeal hearing in Melbourne, Bauer’s legal team argued damages previously awarded were hugely “excessive”.
Barrister Michael Wheelahan QC claimed Justice Dixon was incorrect when ordering that Rebel Wilson be compensated for losing film roles.
The case follows a series of defamatory articles published by Bauer Media in 2015, which claimed Wilson lied about her age, real name and background in order to achieve Hollywood success.
The case was considered Australia’s largest defamation payout, and Ms Wilson reportedly spent over $1 million in legal fees.
Wilson’s barrister, Matthew Collins QC, affirmed the actress could have undertaken eight different proceedings – one for each article – and achieved a larger overall payout figure.
Bauer Media Counsel, Adrian Goss, has welcomed the court’s decision to set aside the total award of damages for economic loss.