Rebel Wilson blasts Bauer for 'unfair and bizarre' damages cut

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 15 June 2018
Rebel Wilson

Actress Rebel Wilson has criticised the court’s decision to cut her defamation payment from $4.5m to $600,000 as “bizarre” and “unfair”.

In a series of tweets, Wilson has vowed to appeal the ruling and rallied support from the Australian public.

“That’s now $4 million less going to less fortunate Australians and leaves a billionaire corporation, proven guilty of malicious defamation, being able to get away with their seriously harmful acts for a very low pay day! Clearly not fair. Come on Australia," one tweet read.

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The Victorian Court of Appeal yesterday slashed the damages Supreme Court judge John Dixon awarded Wilson last year after Bauer published several defamatory articles in its magazines that led to the actress losing work.

In her Twitter rant, Wilson called Bauer "bullies" and said had suffered hurt and distress from the ongoing legal stoush.

The $4.5 million figure far exceeded the $389,500 statutory cap that media companies have previously relied on to protect them in defamation cases and yesterday's ruling was seen as a win for the publishing industry.

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