Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout in Australia slashed by millions to £340,000

Rebel Wilson's $4.5million defamation payout has been slashed to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson's $4.5million defamation payout has been slashed to just $600,000 on appeal

An appeals court has slashed Rebel Wilson's record 4.6 million Australian dollar (£2.5 million) damage award to 600,000 Australian dollars (£338,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case.

Last year Wilson won a case against publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

Wilson alleged she was defamed in several articles published in 2015, including a Woman's Day story titled 'Just who is the REAL Rebel?'

The Court of Appeal found there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely.

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".

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

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss, said: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".

It was the biggest defamation payout in Australian legal history.

In September a year ago, Wilson won the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history, with Bauer ordered to pay $4.56 million in damages after accusing Wilson of being a serial liar in one of their magazines.

However, the attempt was rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

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

At the time, Wilson tweeted she would be donating the money to Australian charities and supporting the Australian film industry with the money.

The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case.

Wilson speaks to the media outside court after her initial victory.

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