Jury to consider verdict in Rebel Wilson trial

The jury in the high-profile defamation case brought by Hollywood star Rebel Wilson will return to court today.

The actress, 37, is suing Bauer Media for defamation over a series of articles in May 2015 she says damaged her reputation by painting her as a serial liar and put her out of work for a year and a half.

The articles claimed to reveal the truth about Wilson’s “real” name, age and childhood after the actor added a touch of “fantasy” in order to “make it in Hollywood”.


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The actor, who grew up in Sydney but now lives in California, has maintained throughout the trial she has never lied to journalists.

One of Bauer’s defences is that the matters referred to in the article were “trivial” and unlikely to cause the actor any real harm.

In order to win her case, Wilson must convince the six all-female jury that the articles published painted her as a serial liar.

In order to reach their verdict the jury must unanimously answer a series of more than 40 questions.

During deliberations they’ve had access to thousands of pages of evidence and transcript, and all the footage played during the three week trial.