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Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $3.6M in Australian defamation case

Actress Rebel Wilson awarded $3.6M in Australian defamation case

Australian comedian Rebel Wilson on Wednesday won A$4.6 million ($3.7million) in damages after a global magazine publisher was found to have defamed her in a string of articles which led to her losing out on Hollywood movie roles.

"Substantial vindication can only be achieved by an award of damages that underscores 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, the court heard that Ms Wilson had offered to settle for a payout of $200,000 - an offer that Bauer Media refused, only to be later slugged with largest defamation payout in Australian history.

"Bauer Media's defence of this case attempted to characterise its articles as true or as trivial or not likely to be taken seriously", he said.

The articles claimed the Pitch Perfect star was a serial liar.

Her legal team would also apply for Bauer to pay all her legal costs, Leder said.

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Bauer Media, Dixon added, failed to properly investigate the allegations, which came from a source who required payment and anonymity, and whom the editor considered "had an ax to grind".

On Twitter, Wilson, who is in the United Kingdom and did not attend court, said she was going through the judgment with her lawyer and would make a statement later Wednesday.

The jury ruled in Wilson's favour in June, agreeing the articles unfairly painted her as a serial liar who had faked her way to a Hollywood career.

Wilson has vowed to donate any damages awarded to charity, scholarships or investments in the Australian film industry "to provide jobs". She reportedly sought 7 million Australian dollars in her suit.

"I had to stand up to a bully, a huge media organisation, Bauer Media, who maliciously took me down in 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles", Ms Wilson said after the verdict in June.

Wilson blamed the articles for film contracts being terminated.