Rebel Wilson: Court slashes actress’s record defamation payout

Rebel Wilson speaking to the press after winning her defamation case in June 2017Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Rebel Wilson was originally awarded the largest defamation payout in Australian history

A magazine publisher has successfully appealed against the size of a record defamation payout awarded to actress Rebel Wilson in Australia.

Last year Wilson won a case against publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

A court had ordered Bauer to pay her A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) — a record for an Australian defamation case.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Victoria reduced the sum to A$600,000.

The size of the original payout had generated discussion in Australia over whether it could stifle future journalism that is in the public interest.

Wilson, an Australian star of Hollywood films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, has vowed to give her compensation to charity.

In court last year, she successfully argued that eight articles published by Bauer magazines in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar, and that this resulted in her being sacked from two feature films.

Six Australian media firms had also attempted to appeal against the size of the original payout, but their application was dismissed by the court.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-44477623

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