Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

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Bauer Media, publisher of Women's Day, has had a major victory on appeal in its defamation case with actress Rebel Wilson, with Victoria's Court of Appeal cutting the payout from $4.5 million to $600,000.

Bauer Media did not challenge the jury's defamation finding in its appeal and sought only for the damages to be reduced.

Wilson planned to donate her damages award to charity.

The Court of Appeal said that, in awarding compensation for economic losses, Justice Dixon "relied also upon his assessment of the trajectory of Ms Wilson's career".

The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won AUS$4.6 million (US$3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher past year after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

The trial verdict found that Wilson, best known for her roles in the "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids", should be compensated for the film roles she testified that she lost following the article's publication, including "Trolls" and "Kung Fu Panda 3".

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The Hollywood star has been left with an award of $600, ooo for general damages only after her claim for special damages was rejected by three judges of the appeals court.

A number of media companies - including Nine Entertainment, the publisher of this website - attempted to join Bauer Media in its appeal against the award to Wilson.

In June previous year a six-person jury found in favour of Wilson's claim against the publisher of Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly. Wilson was not present in court for the ruling, the Herald reported.

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted on Wednesday night.

She wrote that she had "already won the case" and that the case was more about clearing her name than making money.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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