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Rebel Wilson Was Just Awarded a Much Deserved Record-Breaking Sum in Her Defamation Case

By 2015, Rebel Wilson was a full-blown movie star. Which meant, of course, there was a subset of the media dedicated to tearing her down. Bauer Media, the publisher of a number of Australian magazines, developed a strange obsession with Wilson. They published articles claiming she lied about her age, her name, and all sorts of details about her life. It was bizarre.

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Her jokes aside, Wilson claimed these articles directly damaged her career. That’s not hard to believe, especially when it comes to questions of age in an industry where we constantly hear stories of women deemed too old to play the love interest of men decades their senior. Wilson sued Bauer Media for defamation, and back in June, a Supreme Court jury unanimously ruled in her favor. This week, the judge in the case awarded her 4.56 million Australian dollars ($3.66 million American), the highest sum ever awarded in Australian court.

Justin John Dixon explained the amount by saying, “Substantial vindication can only be achieved by an award of damages that underscores that Ms. Wilson’s reputation as an actress of integrity was wrongly damaged in a manner that affected her marketability in a huge worldwide marketplace.”

But Wilson had already said this wasn’t about money, and reportedly even offered to settle for $200K. After her win, she promised that any sum she received from the judge would go to “charity, scholarships or invested into the Aussie film industry to provide jobs.”


(via Hollywood Reporter, image: Shutterstock)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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