Rebel Wilson Wins in Tabloid Defamation Suit
Publisher allowed 8 false articles to be printed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2017 10:26 AM CDT
Rebel Wilson poses for photographers upon arrival at the BAFTA 2016 film awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Rebel Wilson has emerged victorious in her fight against Bauer Media. After two days of deliberation, a six-person jury ruled the Australian actress the winner of her defamation suit against the Australian publisher, which printed eight articles in 2015 falsely claiming she had lied about much of her life story. Damages will be decided by a justice, the Guardian reports, but outside court after the ruling Thursday Wilson said: "The reason I’m here is not for damages, it’s to clear my name. And the fact the jury has done that unanimously and answered every single of the 40 questions in my favor I think proves what I’ve been saying all along." Though the publisher insisted the articles were not defamatory, Wilson said she had never lied. She testified for six days and was in court every day of the three-week trial, the BBC reports.

Bauer, which publishes Australia's Women's Weekly as well as Australia's Woman's Day magazine, said it would "consider its options" after the verdict came down. Wilson, 37, says an "obsessed and weirdly jealous" former classmate had given the false information to reporters, and during the trial the jurors were read emails in which one magazine writer expressed doubts about the anonymous source's story. Her lawyer questioned why the publisher couldn't produce anyone to whom Wilson had supposedly lied, saying, "The reason why they came up with nothing, of course, is obvious. Rebel Wilson has not lied." Wilson says that as a result of the articles, she was fired from two animated films, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls, and that she lost roles after the articles came out.

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