UPDATE @ June 15, 8.00 AM | Australian-born actress Rebel Wilson has slammed Victoria’s Court of Appeal after it drastically reduced her record $4.5 million defamation payment to just $600,000.
The Pitch Perfect star responded to Thursday’s judgement on social media early this morning, firing off a series of angry tweets.
“I was hoping the Court of Appeal in Australia would deliver a reasonable judgment today … ummmmm seeing as that HAS CLEARLY NOT happened I look forward to appealing! There’s some really bizarre things in there guys that are so obviously challengeable!” she wrote.
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“Everybody knows I lost money after those maliciously defamatory articles were printed about me by @bauermedia in 2015. The learned trial judge and Australian jury on the case who heard all the evidence clearly agreed.”
Ms Wilson then questioned her public decision to donate the payout money to charity and labelled the court as “flippant”.
“Was it wrong of me to pledge that the money received from the case was going to good causes??” she wrote.
“To me, after working tirelessly day and night to rebuild my career, I thought it was the right thing to do.
“But somehow the Court of Appeal have been absolutely flippant with regards to my economic loss, not to mention my overall hurt and distress at having to stand up to these bullies.
“That’s now $4 million less going to less fortunate Australians and leaves a billionaire corporation, proven guilty of malicious defamation, being able to get away with their seriously harmful acts for a very low pay day! Clearly not fair. Come on Australia.”
The Woman’s Day publisher was originally ordered by the Supreme Court of Victoria to pay $4.5 million in damages to the star last June, after being found guilty of painting her as a serial liar in a series of articles in 2015.
EARLIER @ June 14, 10.00 AM | Australian-born actress Rebel Wilson has had her record $4.5 million defamation payment from Bauer Media drastically reduced to just $600,000.
The Woman’s Day publisher was ordered by the Supreme Court of Victoria to pay $4.5 million in damages to the star last June, after painting her as a serial liar in a series of articles in 2015.
However the media company took to the Court of Appeal and had a major victory on Thursday, with the payout slashed by a whopping $3.9 million.
The Pitch Perfect star was not present in court for the ruling, however took to Twitter overnight writing that she had “already won the case”.
“I’m away on location in Europe filming right now,” Wilson tweeted.
“The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia.
“As I’ve said before, I have already won the case and this is unchallenged!”
What happens tomorrow is to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me. While this case was never about the money for me, I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry. ?
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) June 13, 2018