Rebel Wilson Has 3.6M Reasons to Smile

She just won the biggest defamation payout ever in Australia
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2017 7:41 AM CDT
Rebel Wilson Has 3.6M Reasons to Smile
Rebel Wilson in Las Vegas on Jan. 20, 2016.   (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP)

Rebel Wilson previously said she didn't care about the damages so much as the verdict in her successful defamation case against Bauer Media. She might care now. A Victorian Supreme Court justice has determined that Bauer, publisher of Australia's Woman's Day magazine, owes the actress $3.6 million, "the highest defamation payout in Australian legal history," reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Wilson, 37, tweeted Wednesday that the sum—including $522,000 in general damages and $3.1 million in special damages, per CNN—is actually four times the Australian record. She added she's "extremely grateful" and—following up on a promise to donate any damages—said she would support charities and the film industry in her native country.

The Pitch Perfect star had initially offered to settle the case for $200,000, but later sought about $5.6 million. Her lawyer said that was a "conservative" amount considering Wilson lost out on roles in at least two films because of the 2015 articles painting her as a serial liar. "Wilson's reputation as an actress of integrity was wrongly damaged in a manner that affected her marketability in a huge worldwide marketplace," Justice John Dixon said in announcing the damages Wednesday, per the BBC. "Only a very substantial sum … could convince the public that Ms. Wilson is not a dishonest person and bestow vindication of her reputation," he added, per the Herald, which notes "celebrity journalism in Australia may never be the same." (More Rebel Wilson stories.)

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