Bauer forced to pay Rebel Wilson $4.5m

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 13 September 2017

Bauer Media has been ordered to pay Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson more than $4.5 million dollars in damages.

Supreme Court judge Justice John Dixon said Wilson’s defamation was “unprecedented” and warranted substantial damages.

Wilson sued Bauer over a series of defamatory articles published in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, New Weekly and OK!

The jury ruled in Wilson's favour in June, agreeing the articles unfairly painted her as a serial liar who had faked her way to a Hollywood career.

The $4.5 is less than the $7 million in damages she originally requested. 

Bauer Media has issued a statement saying it's "considering today's judgement".

“Bauer Media has a long history of delivering great stories to our readers and we have a reputation for developing some of the best editorial teams in this country. This is what we are focused on," Bauer Media general counsel Adrian Goss says.

“It is about continuing to do what we do best and that is delivering great content to more than 85% of Australian women across the country via our iconic portfolio.”

Wilson has vowed to donate any damages awarded to her to charity.

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