Rebel Wilson, Bauer court case comes to a close with final ruling

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 16 November 2018
Rebel Wilson

The controversial court case between Rebel Wilson and Bauer has finally come to a close with the actress' appeal rejected by the High Court of Australia.

The ongoing case began in 2016 when Wilson sued Bauer for defaming her in several articles in Woman's Weekly and other titles. She argued the articles led to her losing potential movie roles.

Wilson was then awarded $4.5m in 2017 in a case that broke the record for defamation payouts in Australia. However, the ruling was overturned and the court cut Wilson's payout from $4.5 million to $600,000.

She was told to repay the $4.1 million to Bauer and the media company's appeal costs. Wilson declared on Twitter at the time she would continue to fight the ruling. 

Wilson acknowledged the end of the court case in a series of tweets, stating she's proud to have won such a big case against Bauer.

Bauer Media issued a statement today on the court's decision with general counsel Adrian Goss saying the publisher was pleased to bring this matter to an end.

Bauer Media’s CEO Paul Dykzeul said: “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 with nine out of 10 women across the country.

“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.”

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