Bauer forced to pay Rebel Wilson $4.5m

Bauer forced to pay Rebel Wilson $4.5m

"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", he stated.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded $3.6 million ($4.5 million Australian) by an Australian court after it found a popular magazine guilty of defamation.

At the supreme court in Melbourne on Wednesday, Justice John Dixon said a "substantial" payment was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged".

The star stands firm in her belief she's related to Walt Disney, denying allegations from Bauer Media's lawyer that her grandmother made up a "lovely" but untrue story.

Mr Pullen said the judgement was a cautionary tale for any publisher, or even for anyone defaming someone on social media platforms.

She also said she was subsequently fired from the DreamWorks animated film Trolls and she was not offered any other roles, according to the Guardian report.

"At the point when the jury conveyed its decision they addressed each and every point to support me".

As for her name, Wilson explained, "I went under one of my middle names, Melanie, and my father's surname".

The jury ruled in Wilson's favour in June, agreeing the articles unfairly painted her as a serial liar who had faked her way to a Hollywood career. "The judge said he knew that the info from anonymous paid source was false".

The actress has pledged that she will be giving all the money away to charity and to scholarships and investment into the Australian film industry.

Justice Dixon said he was awarded the record damages, which were "unprecedented in this country", because of the global reach of the case.

Outside court, Wilson's teaching specialist, Richar Leder, said his customer would be completely excited with the choice.

The judgement was nearly four times the previous highest defamation finding in Australian legal history.

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