Rebel Wilson Wins Record $3.66 Million In Australia Defamation Case!

Who doesn’t love Rebel Wilson? Carefree, confident and outspoken, the Australian comedienne has shown off her singing and acting skills and has even released her own fashion line in recent years, and she is a favorite among the press. Unfortunately, one publisher didn’t take to her too well…

Can't wait for you guys to see the new @rebelwilsonxangels gear coming down the line! You can buy now from @nordstrom and @dillards with more stores coming soon worldwide x

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It has been long, but Rebel’s defamation case has finally come to a close. Bauer Media had released a series of articles about Rebel in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK!, unfairly depicting her as a “serial liar”. According to an unknown source – who asked for money for this information – Wilson had lied about her whole life, from her name, to her childhood. Apparently she had “faked her way to a Hollywood career”.

Today was the end of a long and hard court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to take me down with a series of false articles. When the jury delivered its verdict they answered every single question in my favor. I am eternally grateful to those ladies. Today Justice Dixon gave his considered full judgement. He accepted that Bauer Media subjected me to a sustained and malicious attack timed precisely to the launch of Pitch Perfect 2. It was hurtful and devastating that a corporation would do something like that, knowing that their paid anonymous source and stories were dodgy. The learned judge accepted without qualification that I had an extremely high reputation and that the damage inflicted on me was substantial. He said that the nature of this aggravated defamation and the unprecedented extent of its dissemination (meaning it caused a worldwide media firestorm) makes vindication of particular importance. It was important for me to set the record straight, especially because I have so many young fans. I also feel like it's important to stand up to bullies. I have been awarded a record sum from Justice Dixon. I will be putting that money to good use by donating it to charity and investing in an Australian film ( but obviously can't say exactly or do anything now as I won't receive the money until everything is finalized). I thank Justice Dixon so much. And I'm looking forward to getting back to entertaining everyone!

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According to the Pitch Perfect star, it wasn’t all about the money. These allegations stopped her from getting work and could have jeopardized her career. The judges’ verdict was in her favor and she was awarded $3.66 million, and apparently, she is trying to get Bauer Media to pay her legal fees too. It is the biggest pay-out in Australian legal history, as it was 4 times higher than any previous settlement.

Me & Sharapova at the US Open Tonight x wearing my @rebelwilsonxangels clothes head to toe x

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Rebel Wilson is planning to go down the Taylor Swift-route with the money. She tweeted, “To me though, this case wasn’t about the money. I’m looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I’ve received.”

From the sounds of things, Rebel’s going to make an iconic comeback! I for one am incredibly excited!