Rebel Wilson wins dramatic defamation trial against Bauer Media

AUSTRALIAN-born Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has won her high-profile defamation case against Bauer Media in Melbourne following a dramatic four-week Supreme Court trial.

The all-female jury of six deliberated for two days before handing down their unanimous decision on Thursday.

The jury found Bauer Media, publisher of Australian magazines Woman’s Day and Women’s Weekly, was motivated by malice when it published eight articles on Wilson, suggesting that she was a serial liar.


The articles, which accused Wilson of lying about her real name, age, and childhood, were published in Woman’s Day, Women’s Weekly, OK Magazine and New Weekly in 2015.

The 37-year-old comedian claimed the articles were defamatory and told the Supreme Court they damaged her career.

The Supreme Court heard details of how the Pitch Perfect star was fired from her roles in Dreamworks’ children’s animation Kung-Fu Panda 3 and Trolls after the articles were published.