Rebel Wilson wins defamation case, judge to rule on penalty later

Australian comedian-turned-actress Rebel Wilson has won a defamation suit against global magazine publishes Bauer Media, which alleged she had lied about her age, name and childhood experiences.
Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has won a defamation case against an Australian publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar.
Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has won a defamation case against an Australian publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar.PHOTO: EPA

SYDNEY (AFP) - Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson won a defamation case on Thursday against an Australian publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar, which she said cost her lucrative movie roles.

The 37-year-old Pitch Perfect star sued Bauer Media over eight articles in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015, which her defence said "tore down an Australian star to sell magazines".

The stories claimed the Sydney-born actor lied about her name, age and background to advance her career in the United States.

Giving evidence during the three-week trial, often in tears, Wilson claimed she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 following the articles.

The Victorian Supreme Court ruled she was defamed in all eight of the pieces, with the judge to decide on the penalty at a later date.

"Bauer Media took me down with a series of grubby and completely false articles," said Wilson outside the court.

"Far too often I feel the tabloid magazines and the journalists that work for them don't abide by professional ethics.

"Far too often, I can only describe their conduct as disgusting and disgraceful and I'm very glad that the jury has agreed with me."

Wilson, who will now jet to New York to shoot a film with fellow Australian Liam Hemsworth, said she was grateful the drama was now over.

"It's a win for everyone who gets maliciously taken down when there's no reason why that should happen," she said.