>> Australian comedian, Rebel Wilson, has won a record payout in her defamation case. The Pitch Perfect star will take home $3.7 million in damages. That after a global magazine publisher was found to have defamed her in a string of articles, which then led to her losing out on Hollywood movie roles.
The Supreme Court of Victoria ordered Bauer Media to pay Wilson the highest ever amount for a libel case in Australia.>> Look, when the jury returned its verdict, Rebel said that this case wasn't about money. She said that it was about holding Bauer Media to account. The judge has recognized the very serious harm that Bauer Media did to Rebel Wilson's reputation.
Justice Dixon accepted that Bauer Media engaged in an orchestrated campaign to boost its profits and to keep the story going for days.>> The judgement justified the amount because of the publisher's unprecedented global reach, and its articles claiming Wilson had lied about her age, real name, and some childhood events even after it knew the allegations were false.
The judge estimated the actress had lost out on three lead or co-lead roles. Wilson said on social media, she was extremely grateful for the record sum. And is looking forward to using the damages she received to help out some Australian charities and the Australian film industry.