Rebel Wilson said that she was devastated by a series of articles that she claims painted her as a liar and then the cost of her roles in Hollywood, a lawyer for the actress said Monday.
Wilson is suing Australian publisher Bauer Media for defamation over a number of articles published in 2015 the australian-born actress said that led to her film contracts are terminated.
At the opening of the trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Monday, Wilson’s lawyer, Matthew Collins, said his client “cut to the core” when she learned that 1.5 million people had read an article online that said that she had lied about her name, age, and education in Australia.
He added that the articles were published to coincide with a high point in Wilson’s career, including the release of “Pitch Perfect 2.”
“She thought she’d never been touched with, for example, nausea, coincided with the peak of her career,” Collins told the court.
Collins said Wilson was subsequently fired from several film reels.
The actress, known for her work in comedies like “Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaids,” flew to Melbourne for the three-week trial and sat in court on Monday along with her sister. She is expected to testify at a later date.
Wilson is seeking unknown damages from the publisher.
A lawyer for Bauer Media rejected the argument that the articles were contrary to Wilson, told the court that there is no reasonable reader would have thought less of the actress to read them.
“They were not annoying articles, lawyer Georgina Schoff said.
Schoff also said that the articles were factual, told the court that Wilson will not grow in the “ghetto” of Sydney as the actress previously said in interviews. In fact, Schoff said, Wilson attended an elite private boarding school.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.