Rebel Wilson loses appeal on Australian defamation case

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Australian actor Rebel Wilson has lost an appeal against a court decision that cut a record pay out against Germany’s Bauer Media, which was found to have defamed her in a series of articles, Australian media reported on Friday.

The star of three “Pitch Perfect” movies and “Bridesmaids” won $3.5 million in damages from the German publisher last year after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

The judge said he awarded the damages to “nail the lie” in Bauer’s article.

But a court in June slashed the pay out, after Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision, arguing the damages were too high.

The court, in accepting Bauer’s appeal on costs, said there was insufficient evidence the articles prevented Wilson from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood and it cut her pay-out to $600,000.