Rebel Wilson sues Bauer over ‘defamatory’ stories

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 17 May 2016

Actress and Stan ambassador Rebel Wilson is suing Bauer Media over "defamatory" articles published by Women’s Day, OK! Magazine, Australian Women’s Weekly and New Weekly (NW).

Wilson claims the print and online articles made her out to be a "serial liar", according to a writ filed in the Victorian Supreme Court.

Wilson says her reputation and credit has suffered and she has been humiliated by the articles.

In May last year Women’s Day published an article titled, “Just who is the REAL rebel?” The article claimed the actress lied about her age, her real name and her "disadvantaged" upbringing.

It seems the articles referred to the in writ have been removed. Below is sample of one of the stories published on Australian Women’s Weekly.

rebel wilson headlineThe writ says Wilson has "been gravely injured in her feelings, credit and reputation, has been humiliated and embarrassed and has suffered loss and damage, including special damage.”

The comedian is seeking damages from Bauer Media, as she lost promised roles and the publisher did not contact her prior to writing the articles to fact check.

Bauer responded issuing a statement saying: "Bauer Media has not been served with a Writ by representatives of Ms Wilson. If and when it is served, we will take the opportunity to consider our defences."

This is not the first time Wilson has gone head-to-head with Bauer. Earlier this year Rebel Wilson falsely accused Bauer journalists of contacting her sick grandmother, calling reporter Elizabeth Wilson ‘scum’ on Twitter.

Mamamia also wrote several articles about Wilson’s age and her attack on Elizabeth Wilson.

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