Rebel Wilson damages slashed on appeal

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from German-based publisher Bauer Media has been drastically reduced from $4.5 million to $600,000.

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher a year ago after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

The articles alleged Wilson had lied about her age, her name and her upbringing in Australia, and were featured across Australian magazines, including Bauer's Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK Magazine.

Wilson alleged she was defamed in several articles published in 2015, including a Woman's Day story titled 'Just who is the REAL Rebel?'

Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss, said: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

The Court of Appeal said that, in awarding compensation for economic losses, Justice Dixon "relied also upon his assessment of the trajectory of Ms Wilson's career".

She took to social media on Wednesday night to say regardless of the outcome she had "already won the case".

In its appeal against the decision, Bauer Media argued that the $4.5 million payout was excessive and should be set aside due to errors in fact and law.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

When Wilson won the case previous year, it was an Australian record for a case, much higher than the AUS$389,000 maximum previously set, by using her "global reach" as justification.

Wilson is overseas at the moment, so she has yet to comment on today's decision. In both June and September, she tweeted that she would be endowing the money on charity, scholarships, and in support of the Australian film industry at large.

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