Appeal court slashes Rebel Wilson’s defamation payout

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson has dropped into Twitter yesterday to 1) Educate her fans about people unlawfully using her image to sell shit; 2) Remind everyone she already won her defamation case against Bauer Media; and most importantly, 3) Show off the gorgeeeee Prague filming location for her next film, Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit.

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher a year ago after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

Last year Wilson won a case against publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

The Court of Appeal found there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely.

"The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia".

Going into the appeal, Wilson stood firm in her fight against Bauer Media.

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Wilson's lawyers had argued she missed out on film roles between mid-2015 and the end of 2016 due to the "grapevine effect" the articles had within the film industry.

That sum would have been the largest defamation payment ever ordered by an Australian court.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case. While this case was never about the money for me, I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry.

Wilson said in April that she and her legal team were "very confident" the original defamation payout would be upheld.

Wilson is overseas at the moment, so she has yet to comment on today's decision.

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