Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 16:25
Court cuts Hollywood actress’s defamation payout


Actress Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media has been slashed from A$ 4.5 million to just A$ 600,000 by Victoria's Court of Appeal.
The court set aside the decision to give Wilson around A$ 3.9 million for economic losses and reduced the A$ 650,000 compensation figure awarded to the actress for non-economic loss by A$ 50,000.
The previous ruling granted her the A$ 3.9 million figure on the basis she had missed out on film roles as a result of the defamatory articles published in May 2015.
However, the Court of Appeal found "there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".
It found the trial judge, Justice John Dixon of the Supreme Court had relied on evidence from Wilson and Hollywood agents to draw the conclusion that the actress had lost job opportunities due to the articles.
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.
They also said that contracts to perform two roles had been canceled in direct response to the stories.
The Court of Appeal said that in awarding compensation for economic losses, Justice Dixon "relied also upon his assessment of the trajectory of Wilson's career".
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