Actor Rebel Wilson loses appeal on Australian defamation case

Rebel Wilson's defamation battle ends as High Court rejects bid for appeal

Rebel Wilson ordered to repay millions of dollars from her payout in defamation case after losing appeal

Rebel Wilson's day in court was far from pitch ideal when the Australian star was denied a leave to appeal an earlier decision that reversed her winning defamation case against Bauer Media, with a jury awarding her $4.7 million (in Canadian dollars).

During her defamation trial in the Victorian Supreme Court a year ago, Wilson proved journalists from Bauer had painted her a serial liar about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

Wilson, 38, sued Bauer Media, publisher of Australian Women's Weekly and Woman's Day, claiming articles appearing in the magazine defamed her as a liar, which she alleged harmed her reputation and cost her acting jobs.

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has failed in her bid for her appeal case to be heard in the High Court of Australia, ending her legal battle.

A court awarded her a A$4.7m (£2.6m; $3.5m) payout past year, but that sum was reduced to A$600,000 on appeal.

But lawyer for Bauer Media David Jackson QC said that point was based on a "misconception of the appropriate tests".

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It was the largest defamation penalty in Australian legal history and drew criticism from across the country's publishing industry, which said it set a risky precedent.

"In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed", Justice Virginia Bell said at the court in the national capital, Canberra.

"I've moved on personally and professionally, and it's great now that it's all at a definite end", she said outside court. An Australian jury sided with her and ordered Bauer Media to pay her A$4.5 million as compensation.

Victoria's Court of Appeal said Wilson could not prove economic loss, or that she'd missed out on film contracts as a result of the articles.

"I'm so proud of myself that I did that and saw it out right until the bitter end". I never thought I would be here and it's such an wonderful experience to go through, and awesome that I won the case.

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