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Rebel Wilson Awarded Record $3.6 Million in Australia Defamation Case

A judge has awarded Rebel Wilson $4.5 million Australian dollars ($3.6 million US dollars) in damages after it found a popular magazine guilty of defamation.

Wilson said the magazine articles, which branded her a "serial liar," cost her roles in films.

The magazine claimed Wilson lied about her name, age and "fabricated almost every aspect of her life" so she could make it in Hollywood.

Justice John Dixon said he wanted to award a substantial amount to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged."

"Unless substantial damages are awarded there is a real risk that the public will not be convinced of the seriousness of the defamation, but will rather wrongly conclude that the articles were trivial or not that serious."

The amount is the "largest defamation damages award in Australian legal history," Wilson's lawyers said.

Wilson called it the "end of a long and hard court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to take me down with a series of false articles."

"This case wasn't about the money," she said. "I'm looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I've received."

September 13, 2017 |

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