“Pitch Perfect” Star Rebel Wilson Wins $3.6M In Defamation Case
By Damilare Aribisala
37-year-old Rebel Wilson won a whopping Aus$4.5 million ($3.6 million) on Wednesday in what can be described as Australia’s largest-ever payout for defamation and she plans on giving the money to charity as she said it was never about the money for her.
The Hollywood actress had sued an Australian publisher, Bauer Media over false articles they had put out possibly as a media strategy to increase circulation and sales, which pointed her out as a liar as they accused her of having lied about her age and background to push her acting career forward.
Here’s what she had to say about her big win on twitter:
‘Today Justice Dixon accepted that Bauer Media subjected me to a sustained and malicious attack timed to coincide with the launch of Pitch 2. The judge accepted without qualification that I had an extremely high reputation and that the damage inflicted on me was substantial.
‘He said the nature of the aggravated defamation and unprecedented extent of dissemination makes vindication of particular importance.
‘The judge said he knew that the info from anonymous paid source was false and that Bauer Media traded recklessly on my reputation in order to boost its own profits.
‘Justice Dixon has awarded me a record sum and I’m extremely grateful for that. It is 4 times the Australian record. To me though, this case wasn’t about the money.
‘I’m looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with damages I’ve received.
‘Also looking forward to getting back to my career and entertaining everyone.
‘Thank you again for the love and support! I am humbled x’