Australia media firms fight Rebel Wilson's defamation payout

Australian media companies on Monday sought to join German magazine publisher Bauer Media in fighting a record A$4.56 million (S$4.7 million) defamation payout to actress Rebel Wilson, arguing that it set a dangerous precedent.

In a rare show of unity, Fairfax Media, Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment, the Australian Broadcasting Corp and the Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp filed a joint motion to "intervene" in the case, a lawyer representing the companies said.

Last year, the Supreme Court of Victoria found that Wilson, 37, missed out on Hollywood roles as a result of a string of articles published by Bauer which claimed she lied about her age, real name and some childhood events.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Subscribe