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14 September 2017, 12:33 | Ken Black
Rebel Wilson awarded $5m payout in defamation case
"The jury's verdict established Bauer Media's publications had branded Ms Wilson a serial liar who had fabricated nearly every aspect of her life", said Dixon at the Supreme Court in Melbourne on Wednesday.
In June this year, the Victorian Supreme Court ruled that eight Woman's Day articles alleging Wilson had made false claims about her life story were defamatory. He accepted that Bauer Media subjected me to a sustained and malicious attack timed precisely to the launch of Pitch Perfect 2.
Wilson, 37, continued, "Today Justice Dixon gave his considered full judgement".
Dixon ordered Bauer to pay her $650,000 in general damages and $3.9 million for special damages to account for movie roles Wilson lost.
"At the point when the jury conveyed its decision they addressed each and every point to support me". "He said the nature of the aggravated defamation and the unprecedented extent of dissemination makes vindication of particular importance".
The jury unanimously agreed that the actor had been incorrectly portrayed as a serial liar.
The judge said he realized that the data from mysterious paid source was false. "I will be putting that money to good use by donating it to charity and investing in an Australian film".
The record sum may affect future cases in Australia, but the ruling's impact may not extend beyond its borders.
On a break from production of the third installment of the "Pitch Perfect" franchise, Ms. Wilson celebrated her victory in a series of Twitter posts and said the case "wasn't about the money".
"Corrs is very proud to have helped deliver this record breaking award on behalf of the entire legal team, I want to say how pleased we are for her".
A lawyer for the company had previously said in court that Wilson failed to show how the articles led to financial loses, the Associated Press reported.
She finished by thanking her fans for their love and support and revealed she was looking forward to getting back to her career.
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