Rebel Wilson is a successful Australian comedian who always tries to bring laughter in all the movies she appears in. However, a famous publication allegedly found the actress lying about some parts of her past. Therefore, journalists decided to publish several slanderous articles about Wilson. However, these articles made the actress lose several Hollywood projects. This made her open a defamation lawsuit against the publication. In June, A Supreme Court jury in Australia sided with the celebrity.
Bauer Media Editor Was Aware that Their Source Was Holding Grudges against Rebel Wilson
The global magazine Bauer Media uncovered a lead to some juicy gossip about Rebel Wilson who is best known for her performance in Pitch Perfect movies. The source they intercepted however requested payment in advance and the right to keep her anonymity. On top of that, the editor was aware that this person did not hold the best interest of the comedian at heart and was even seeking revenge.
Nonetheless, these conditions didn’t stop the publication from issuing several articles. Writers detailed in Woman’s Day magazine how the Australian comedian lied about her real name, age, and events that took place during her childhood.
The publisher fueled the gossip with new material for several days. This decision bought other outlets time to pick up the story and amplify it in the media. On the other hand, the magazine knew very well that these allegations might have been just lies.
Judge Explained Why the Australian Comedian Will Receive Record Defamation Damages Award
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court jury awarded actress Rebel Wilson a total of $3.6 million that Bauer Media has to pay. The amount was described as the biggest defamation damages penalty that Australia ever recorded. The ruling follows a June verdict according to which Bauer Media damaged the reputation of Wilson by portraying her as a ‘serial liar.’
Justice John Dixon claimed that the global magazine platform didn’t bring substantial evidence to support their published articles. On top of that, he stated that the record payout was a necessity in this case. Otherwise, the public wouldn’t believe that Rebel Wilson was a victim of this international scandal.
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