Rebel Wilson, the Australian actress, has to repay the money awarded to her in a record defamation case. Wilson received around $3.5 million (USD) because of the articles published by Bauer Media which insinuated she was a serial liar.
However, after an appeal, the court reduced the sum to $600,000 Australian dollars. On Wednesday, Wilson had to pay back around $4.1 million as well as $60,000 in interest.
She also has to pay back 80% of what Bauer spent on the appeal. Previously, Rebel promised to give a majority of the money to charity, but it looks like she won’t get to do so anymore.
What happens tomorrow is to do with the losers @bauermedia quibbling about how much they now have to pay me. While this case was never about the money for me, I do hope to receive as much as possible to give away to charities and to support the Australian film industry. ?
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) June 13, 2018
Originally, the Supreme Court of Victoria awarded her $650,000 in general damages, as well as $3.9 million for movie roles that she would’ve got, hadn’t the publication reported that she was a liar.
Again, they had to pay $180,000 at a later date. At the time, it was Australia’s largest settlement for a defamation case, and they significantly reduced it during the appeal.
Wilson wasn’t present for it, but supposedly, she pointed out in a statement that the court was not reconsidering whether or not she won the case, but rather the amount of money awarded to her.
The Court of Appeal took issue with the fact that Wilson wasn’t able to prove that she lost out on any movie roles. In other words, there was no evidence proving she would’ve made approximately $4 million.
The actress took to Twitter to state that it was an unjust situation, considering she was going to give a lot of the money to needy Australians. Instead, in her view, a corporation who defames people and makes money for doing so didn’t face restitution.
According to reports, Australian journalists worried that it threatened the future of journalism in the country, because reporters feared retaliation, and therefore wouldn’t report honestly on controversial issues. The issue became a concern of the general public, for fear of the loss of investigative journalism.