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Entertainment Rebel Wilson back in Australian courts in defamation appeal

10:40  12 july  2018
10:40  12 july  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Australian actor Rebel Wilson was back in a Melbourne courtroom on Wednesday to hear an appeal against her .5 million defamation payout in June last year. Wilson attended Wednesday's hearing at the Victorian Court of Appeal with her mother.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been awarded .6 million (.5 million Australian ) by an Australian court after it found a popular magazine guilty of defamation .

The 38-year-old best known for parts in the "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids" movies was awarded in September an Australian record 4.6 million Australian dollars ($3.5 million) in damages.

A Victoria state Supreme Court jury found that that German publisher Bauer Media defamed her in a series of articles in 2015 claiming she lied about her age, the origin of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney.

But three judges on the Court of Appeal last month upheld an appeal by Bauer and slashed Wilson's payout to AU$600,000 ($454,000).

The appeal court ruled that the trial Judge John Dixon should not have compensated Wilson for film roles, including "Trolls" and "Kung Fu Panda 3," which she testified she had lost due to the damage the articles had done to her reputation.

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She was also ordered to pay 80 percent of Bauer's legal costs in mounting its appeal.

Wilson lodged an application to the High Court late Wednesday to restore Dixon's ruling. The High Court registry made the court documents public on Thursday.

The Court of Appeal overturned Dixon's finding that Wilson's career had been on an "upward trajectory" before the articles, instead saying the judge had given "a picture of the plaintiff's career trajectory that significantly overstated its success and ignored its hiccups."

According to court documents, Wilson's lawyers will argue Dixon was correct, and that he was also correct in finding the articles caused a "huge international media firestorm" affecting Wilson's career and reputation.

The lawyer will also argue the Court of Appeal was wrong in concluding Wilson needed to prove economic loss by showing a project had been canceled.

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Image caption Rebel Wilson celebrates after her court victory last year. Bauer is appealing against the sum, Australia 's largest defamation payout. A bid by six Australian media giants to join the appeal was denied on Thursday.

Image caption Rebel Wilson celebrates after her court victory last year. Bauer is appealing against the sum, Australia 's largest defamation payout. A bid by six Australian media giants to join the appeal was denied on Thursday.

A single High Court judge will hear Wilson's application at a date yet to be set.

The judge would then either reject her appeal or rule that the full bench of seven judges will hear it.

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