Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson has had her appeal for special leave in her defamation case against Bauer media knocked back by the Australian High Court.
Ms Wilson's barristers, Matthew Collins QC and Renee Enbom, appeared before the High Court in Canberra on Friday seeking special leave to appeal after she was forced to repay almost 90 per cent of her record $4.7 million payout to the Woman's Day publisher that defamed her.
The court refused the application.
Speaking outside of court, Ms Wilson said she was proud of herself for pursuing the case to “the bitter end”.
“This has been a long fight, a long journey in the courts. But the great thing about today is that it brings it to a definitive end and the whole reason for bringing this case is that I really wanted to stand up to a bully, which was Bauer Media,” Ms Wilson told waiting media.
“I’m so proud of myself that I did that, and saw it out right to the bitter end.
“It’s such an amazing experience to go through and amazing that I won the case and the damages that I did receive were still so significant, so close to the Australian record.”
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Bauer Media issued a statement following the decision, saying the publisher considers the matter to now be closed.
Bauer Media’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Dykzeul said the publisher trusts its content and writers.
“Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever. Here in Australia, we reach more women than any other publisher in market connecting 9 out of 10 women across the country,” said Mr Dykzeul.
“Bauer owns more magazine brands than any other publisher locally.
“Our audience trust our content and our writers, and they love our iconic brands like Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly.”
Ms Wilson sued Bauer Media over several articles that appeared in Bauer Media publications such as Woman’s Day in 2015.
The articles alleged the actor had lied about her age, which she argued impacted her reputation and cost her high-profile acting jobs.
Bauer Media has always denied publishing information that was false.
In September 2017 Wilson was awarded a $4.7 million payout.
However in June 2018 the Court of Appeal said Ms Wilson would have to pay back $4.1 million in damages and 80 percent of Bauer’s legal costs after finding there was no evidence of the actor suffering economic loss.
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Source : https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/11/16/11/20/rebel-wilson-proud-of-long-fight-after-high-court-refuses-leave-to-appeal-defamation-case1149