Rebel Wilson awarded millions in Australia defamation case

Rebel Wilson speaks. Scott Barbour  Getty Images

Rebel Wilson speaks. Scott Barbour Getty Images

Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has been awarded $4.5 million in damages after she was defamed by the publisher of Woman's Day magazine.

The judgment follows a unanimous jury verdict in June that Bauer Media, publisher of Woman's Day magazine, had defamed Wilson by branding her a "serial liar" who "fabricated nearly every aspect of her life".

The 37-year-old Wilson, best known for the comedies "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids", was in London on Wednesday and her lawyers were unable to immediately talk to her about the decision.

The award was more than four times the previous record for a defamation case in Australia, Wilson's lawyer, Richard Leder, told The Associated Press.

Wilson blamed the articles for film contracts being terminated. A lawyer said it would consider the judgement.

"The damage suffered by Miss Wilson warrants a substantial damages award to vindicate her and nail the lie", Justice John Dixon said, reading out a summary of his judgment.

It was broken down into $522,000 ($650,000 Australian) in general damages, and $3.1 million ($3.9 million Australian) in special damages for Wilsons' "opportunity for new screen roles lost by reason of the defendant's publications".

"The allegations were based on information from a source who required payment and anonymity and whom the editor considered had an axe to grind", Dixon said.

"I had to stand up to a bully, a huge media organisation, Bauer Media Group, who maliciously took me down in 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles", she said.

Actress Rebel Wilson arrives for her case in the Supreme Court, Melbourne.

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