Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress's record defamation payout

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Rebel Wilson has had her record 4.6 million Australian dollar ($3.5 million) damages award in a defamation case slashed to AU$600,000 ($454,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of the payout. Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?

The "Pitch Perfect" star - who said she planned to donate the damages to "charity, scholarships or [investment into] the Aussie film industry" - wrote on Wednesday: "As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!" The Sydney Morning Herald said the articles "painted her as a serial liar".

The actress was present for two days of arguments in court in Melbourne in mid-April, and told The Project at the time that the entire ordeal had been "awful".

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Wilson claimed she lost film roles as a result of the articles and in September she was awarded the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history.

In court past year, she successfully argued that eight articles published by Bauer magazines in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar, and that this resulted in her being sacked from two feature films.

On Thursday, however, the Victorian Court of Appeal reduced the sum to A$600,000, saying that Wilson had failed to prove that Bauer was responsible for her missing out on the roles.

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"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted.

"It was important for us to revisit the award of damages", said Adrian Goss, Bauer Media's general counsel, according to the Australian paper.

Wilson was originally awarded $3.9m (£2.3m) for loss of earnings and $650,000 (£382,000) in damages.

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Apparently some weight loss companies are using her image to sell their shit, and Wilson's not into it. "In the lead up to today, major media organisations united in an unprecedented way to support Bauer's appeal in relation to that issue".

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