Rebel Wilson’s legal team will return to court today to fight an appeal by the magazine publisher found to have defamed the actress.
Bauer Media was ordered by the Supreme Court of Victoria to pay a record $4.5 million damages to the star last June, after painting her as a serial liar in a series of articles in 2015.
The publisher will today argue the payout amount – $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages – is excessive when compared to other mass media defamation payments.
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They will challenge the finding that a “cap” on general damages does not apply as there was an award of aggravated damages.
In addition, Bauer will challenge the finding that Wilson needed to be compensated for film roles she claimed to have lost as a result of the publications, claiming there’s not enough evidence.
Rebel Wilson is currently in Australia, but it is unknown whether she will join her legal team at the Court of Appeal today.
Straight off my @Qantas flight and straight onto the court at Melbourne Park with legends of the game @lleytonhewitt & @toddwoodbridge and my court partner Renee who will be crushing in actual court tomorrow x pic.twitter.com/ZRl4FAurQO
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) April 17, 2018