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Rebel Wilson Australian record libel payout cut

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

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Rebel Wilson’s record of damages award in an Australian libel suit was cut Thursday after the defendant magazine publisher in appeal the amount.

The Melbourne court of appeal of three judges cut Wilson’s 4.6 million Australian dollar ($3.5 million) payout to AU$600,000 ($454,000).

The 38-year-old Australian comic actress won a Victoria state Supreme Court jury trial verdict that the German publisher Bauer Media defamed her in a series of 2015 articles claim she lied about her age, the origin of her name and her upbringing in Sydney. The Sydney Morning Herald said the articles “paints her as a serial liar.”

The trial judgment found that Wilson, who is best known for her roles in “Pitch Perfect” films and “Bridesmaids” should be compensated for the movie roles she testified that she lost as a result of the article of the publication, including “Trolling” and “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

But Bauer Media successfully challenged in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne. Wilson was not present in court for the verdict, the Herald reported.

“What happens tomorrow has to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me,” Wilson tweeted on the evening before the decision. “While this case was never about the money for me, I hope to receive as much as possible, to give away to charities and in support of the Australian film industry,” she added with a koala emoji at the end.

What happens tomorrow has to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me. Although this case was never about the money for me, I hope to receive as much as possible, to give away to charities and in support of the Australian film industry. ?

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) June 13, 2018

Bauer, however, is not in appeal against the judgment that the articles were defamatory, but argued the Australian record damages in September were excessive. It was the biggest libel payout in Australian legal history, according to the Herald.

“It was important for us to revisit the award of damages,” said Adrian Goss, Bauer Media’s general counsel, according to the Australian paper. “The legal process has [now] take its course.”

The court of appeal removed the AU$3.9 million ($2.95 million), which the court granted for roles lost as a result of damage to Wilson’s reputation.

It also reduced its non-economic losses due to the AU$50,000 ($37,800) to AU$600,000 ($453,600).

But regardless of how much damages she is awarded, Wilson said she still considers herself a winner.

“I am the way on location in Europe filming now,” she tweeted. “As I have said previously, I have already WON the case and this is a WINNER!”

In addition, I sit on the location in Europe filming now. The Court of Appeal in Australia will be informed of their decision in the morning re my defamation case against @bauermedia . As I have said previously, I have already WON the case and this is a WINNER!

— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) June 13, 2018

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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