Rebel Wilson awarded $4.5M after winning defamation case

Australian-born Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded $4.57 million after winning her defamation case against Bauer Media.

The 37-year-old comedian originally sought $7 million after successfully suing the Woman’s Day publisher in June.

At the time, Wilson vowed to donate the money to charity and the Australian film industry.


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“Any dollars I receive will go to charity, scholarships or invested into the Aussie film industry to provide jobs,” she tweeted.

“I take being a role model very seriously.”

In the Victorian Supreme Court on Wednesday, the judge awarded Wilson $650,000 in general damages and $3.97 million in special damages – the biggest defamation payout ever awarded in Australia.

Wilson was not present when the decision was handed down.

Bauer Media has since released a statement, saying they’re “considering today’s judgement”.

“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,” General Counsel Adrian Goss said.

“This is what we are focused on”.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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