Rebel Wilson Breaks Her Silence About Defamation Payment Appeal Loss
Wilson will now receive just $600,000 of the initial $4.5 million payment.
Rebel Wilson has spoken out after losing Bauer Media's appeal regarding her defamation lawsuit, which saw her record payout of $4.5 million slashed to $600,000.
"There's some really bizarre things in there guys that are so obviously challengeable," she tweeted, promising to appeal.
"Everybody knows I lost money after those maliciously defamatory articles were printed about me by Bauer Media in 2015. The learned trial judge and Australian jury on the case who heard all the evidence clearly agreed.
"Was it wrong of me to pledge that the money received from the case was going to good causes?? To me, after working tirelessly day and night to rebuild my career, I thought it was the right thing to do.
"But somehow the Court of Appeal have been absolutely flippant with regards to my economic loss, not to mention my overall hurt and distress at having to stand up to these bullies.
"That's now $4 million less going to less fortunate Australians and leaves a billionaire corporation, proven guilty of malicious defamation, being able to get away with their seriously harmful acts for a very low pay day. Clearly not fair. Come on Australia."
Wilson won the largest defamation payout in Australian history in September 2017, after Woman's Day Magazine accused her of being a serial lair.
In the hours before the appeal, Wilson pointed out that Thursday's case was contending the amount of money she was to be paid, not the result of the case.
She wrote that she had "already won the case" and that the case was more about clearing her name than making money.
Wilson said previously that she would donate the money made from the case to charity and use it to support the Australian film industry.