Actress Rebel Wilson wins defamation case against publisher

AUSTRALIAN actress Rebel Wilson today won a defamation suit against a magazine giant over articles she claimed damaged her career by depicting her as a serial liar.

She claimed that eight articles published by Bauer magazine in 2015 had portrayed her as a serial liar, and that this resulted in her being sacked from two feature films.

'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.

The 37-year-old Pitch Perfect star was defamed by the publisher when they accused her of lying about her real name age and childhood with the dollar figure she will be granted in damages to be decided by Justice John Dixon.

They find the articles from Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, NW and OK magazine were not substantially true and likely to harm her.

'I'm hoping to film a movie in NY with fellow Aussie Liam Hemsworth, who I get to pash in the movie, ' she joked. "Far too often I feel their conduct can only be described as disgusting and disgraceful".

"I was hoping that the jury would do the right thing and send a message to these tabloids". While ill, she says she hallucinated winning an Academy Award and rapping her acceptance speech.

Wilson told the court she had never lied and that she knew the identity of an "obsessed and weirdly jealous" former schoolmate who had given dubious information to journalists.

She also said she was subsequently fired from the DreamWorks animated film Trolls and she was not offered any other roles, according to the Guardian report.

The star stands firm in her belief she's related to Walt Disney, denying allegations from Bauer Media's lawyer that her grandmother made up a "lovely" but untrue story.

After the verdict, a Bauer Media spokeswoman said the publisher would "consider its options".

  • Salvatore Jensen