Rebel Wilson Wins Defamation Case Over Articles Claiming She Lied About Her Age: 'I Had to Stand Up to a Bully
By Antoinette Bueno
Rebel Wilson was victorious in court on Thursday, winning a defamation trial against a magazine publisher over articles claiming that she lied about her age and upbringing in Australia.
The Victoria state Supreme Court jury, composed of six women, ruled against Bauer Media -- who denied the articles were defamatory -- after deliberating for two days. In court, the Pitch Perfect star claimed that articles published by Bauer Media in 2015 portrayed her as a serial liar, and that it cost her jobs. Wilson spoke out about her big win on Instagram.
"Just crushed my defamation case in Australia x thank you to all my family, friends and supporters!" she wrote alongside a picture of herself with her legal team. "I had to take a stand. I had to stand up to a bully, a media organization Bauer Media Group who maliciously took me down in May 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles. Far too often tabloid magazines and the 'journalists' who work for them don't abide by professional ethics. Far too often their conduct can only be described as disgraceful and disgusting!"
"I'm glad that the lovely ladies of the jury have agreed with me," she continued. "Their unanimous and overwhelming verdict has sent a clear message. I love my job as an actress and as an entertainer and I look forward to rebuilding my career now that the record has been set straight. Thank you so much everybody!"
It is yet to be determined how much money Wilson will be awarded.
"This has definitely been a long and very hard fight," Wilson told reporters outside of court. "It's been very, very tough to fight this huge company, but I've done it, and I'm grateful that it's all over."
"The reason I'm here is not for damages, it's to clear up my name, obviously," she added. "To me, what saddened me the most about this was that so many people around the world believed these articles and I had to stand up for myself ... So, it's good now that the record's been set straight and that stain has disappeared."