Rebel Wilson's Australian-record defamation payout slashed

Rebel Wilson's $4.5million defamation payout has been slashed to just $600,000 on appeal

Rebel Wilson's $4.5million defamation payout has been slashed to just $600,000 on appeal

An appeals court has slashed Rebel Wilson's record 4.6 million Australian dollar (£2.5 million) damage award to 600,000 Australian dollars (£338,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case.

A number of media companies - including Nine Entertainment, the publisher of this website - attempted to join Bauer Media in its appeal against the award to Wilson.

Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?

The court set aside the decision to give Wilson around $3.9 million for economic losses, and reduced the $650,000 compensation figure awarded to the actor for non-economic loss by $50,000.

Wilson was not present for the judgment but she took to Twitter the night before, saying she had already won the case.

Bauer did not appeal the verdict that the articles were defamatory, but argued the Australian-record damages awarded in September were excessive.

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. It had been the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history, according to the Herald.

In other post, she wrote: 'The Court of Appeal in Australia will be handing down their decision in the morning re my defamation case against As I've said before, I have already WON the case and this is UNCHALLENGED!'

When Wilson won the case a year ago, it was an Australian record for a case, much higher than the AUS$389,000 maximum previously set, by using her "global reach" as justification.

"I'm away on location in Europe filming right now", she tweeted on Wednesday night.

However, the attempt was rejected by the Victorian Court of Appeal.

Wilson speaks to the media outside court after her initial victory.

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