High Court rejects Rebel Wilson's bid for appeal

Joann Johnston
November 16, 2018

Rebel Wilson's day in court was far from pitch flawless when the Australian star was denied a leave to appeal an earlier decision that reversed her winning defamation case against Bauer Media, with a jury awarding her $4.7 million (in Canadian dollars).

"I am glad the matter is now at a definite end", she tweeted to her 2.8 million followers on Friday.

Wilson sat in the front row of the public gallery during the hearing, before calling it a "definitive end to the case" outside the court after the proceedings.

At the time, Justice Dixon said Bauer Media failed to properly investigate the claims made against Ms Wilson and then published them despite knowing they were false.

The Court of Appeal determined Ms Wilson couldn't prove economic loss or that she missed out on film contracts as a result of the Bauer articles and she was forced to repay most of her payout.

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

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Wilson's lawyers on Friday sought leave to appeal against the reduction in the High Court - Australia's highest judicial body - but the application was refused.

Australia's highest court has knocked back the Hollywood star's bid to appeal a decision that forced her to repay $4.1 million worth of damages.

But a court in June slashed the payout, after Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision, arguing the damages were too high.

However, a court reduced the sum on appeal. "At the end of the day that's what matters", she said.

"Today was just about a small point of special damages and to me it was never about the money, it was about standing up to a bully. Bauer Media were proven to have told bad lies which were very hurtful".

She said it was published to coincide with the release of her biggest movie role to date and was created to sell as many copies as possible.

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