Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Rebel Wilson's High Court bid rejected

Rebel Wilson's High Court bid rejected

The actor speaks to the media in Canberra after the high court refused special leave for her to appeal against the withdrawal of nearly 90% of her record $4.7m defamation payout against Bauer Media. 'I'm so proud of myself for seeing it through.

The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million ($4.7 million AUD) after a jury concluded she'd missed out on film roles because of the articles.

#BREAKING: Rebel Wilson has spoken to the media, after losing her final appeal in her defamation case against Bauer Media.

Wilson sued magazine publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

But Wilson, who attended the brief High Court hearing in Canberra on Friday, is proud she took her fight as far as she could.

In awarding the damages in 2017, Justice John Dixon said the defamation extent was "unprecedented in this country" because of the articles' global reach.

The Court of Appeal determined Wilson couldn't prove economic loss or that she missed out on film contracts as a result of the Bauer articles, with Wilson forced to repay most of her payout.

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Wilson was originally awarded $4.5m last September, but the case turned against the actress in June 2018 when the court slashed the damages awarded to $600,000 after the Court of Appeal found they had been wrongly awarded.

The High Court of Australia dismissed Wilson's bid to review the compensation.

On today's High Court decision, Bauer Media's general counsel Adrian Goss said: "Bauer Media is pleased that the High Court has chosen to bring an end to this matter".

Bauer Media was obviously thrilled by the decision.

Wilson said she was glad to move on from the case.

She added: "Today was just about a small point of special damages and for me it was never about the money, it was about standing up to a bully and I've done that".

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