Rebel Wilson announces court win will go to charity
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 17:49
For the first time yesterday lawyers for the Hollywood star revealed she was seeking more than $7 million in damages over the defamation.
Wilson's lawyers want more than $7.2 million in damages for defamation and they say the figure is "extremely conservative".
"And re my defamation case win, any $'s I receive will go to charity, scholarships or invested into the Aussie film industry to provide jobs", she tweeted early this morning. Rebel has always been a major supporter of the Australian film industry, having herself won one of 16 scholarships to study in America when she was a fledging comedy actor at the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Ms Wilson successfully sued the publisher Bauer Media on the 15th June 2017 over eight articles she said portrayed her as a serial liar in May 2015.
The Australian actress said on Twitter she takes being a role model very seriously.
'There's certainly a degree of art and a degree of guesswork involved, ' Wilson's barrister Matt Collins QC told the Victorian Supreme Court.
The jury found the articles unfairly painted her as a serial liar who had faked her way to a Hollywood career.
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.
Wilson claimed she was sacked from two films - Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 - and unable to land any more work due to the articles.
He said she could have been commanding $US5 million to $US6 million a film, plus box office bonuses, following the success, but for some reason her fame stopped.
I had to stand up to a bully, a huge media organisation, Bauer Media Group, who maliciously took me down in May 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles.
"The reason why I'm here is not for damages, it's to clear my name obviously".
"It's just really not about the number".
Mr Principato said after Pitch Perfect 2, it was reasonable to expect Wilson would have been offered at least two to three roles a year.
"Wilson was one of those actresses where every studio was talking about and trying to find projects for her", Principato said.
Ms Wilson's defence said the "calculated" and "baseless" attack on the actor was devastating for her and Bauer media had refused to correct the record or apologise.