Rebel Wilson Wins Defamation Case Against Publisher
Rebel Wilson is enjoying some sweet victory.
The actress has won her heavily publicized court battle against Bauer Media, the publisher of Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly.
The jury of six people spent two full days discussing the eight unflattering magazine articles and ultimately decided that Rebel was defamed when she was accused of lying about her real name, age, and childhood.
Speaking outside the Melbourne courthouse today, Rebel explained she did not take the case to trial for the money. She said:
“The reason I’m here is not for damages, it’s to clear my name. And the fact the jury has done that unanimously and answered every single of the 40 questions in my favour I think proves what I’ve been saying all along. I was hoping the jury would do the right thing and send a message to these tabloids and they’ve done that so for me, it’s over in my mind.”
The 37-year-old said she felt as though she had stood up to a “bully.” She added:
“Unfortunately, this was the only way that I could stand up to this huge media organisation was by taking them to court publicly.”
Rebel said that after the articles came out, she had an extremely difficult time getting work in Hollywood. She said:
“Month after month, doors that used to be open were shut.”