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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.

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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