Rebel Wilson's Australian-record defamation payout slashed

Rebel Wilson's record-breaking $4.5million defamation payout is SLASHED to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from Bauer Media has been cut from $4.5m to $600,000 in court today.

On Wednesday the actress tweeted that despite the Court of Appeal being due to hand down its decision on the magazine publisher's damages appeal on Thursday, she has "already won the case".

The jury had been asked to consider 40 questions and eight claims of defamation relating to a series of articles accusing Wilson of lying about her age, real name and childhood.

However the Court of Appeal found "there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".

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

In June past 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.

The Victorian supreme court ruled on Thursday morning that the Australian actor had not proved that she lost work and suffered economic damages in Hollywood as a result of the defamatory articles which painted her as a serial liar.

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The $650,000 compensation was also reduced to $600,000.

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.

That sum would have been the largest defamation payment ever ordered by an Australian court.

Sad for Wilson, except not really seeing as she's already said she planned to donate any money she received to charity, or use it to support the Australian film industry.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

Actress Rebel Wilson struts across the stage as she is introduced to speak at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military at Temple University in Philadelphia, May 2, 2018.

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