Rebel Wilson to give record defamation payout to charity

Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson has vowed to hand the largest defamation payout in Australian history to charity, as she works to get her career back on track after a “long, hard” battle.

The 37-year-old “Pitch Perfect” star successfully sued Bauer Media over magazine articles which claimed she had lied about her age and background to further her acting career.

On Wednesday, a judge awarded her Aus$4.5 million ($3.6 million) in damages against the Australian publisher — a record sum, her lawyers said.

“I?m looking forward to helping out some great Australian charities and supporting the Oz film industry with the damages I?ve received,” Wilson tweeted.

“Also looking forward to getting back to my career and entertaining everyone!”

Bauer had argued the allegations made in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 were true and denied they had damaged Wilson’s reputation.

But Justice John Dixon said Bauer had “acted in its own corporate interests to secure improved circulation, or increased views/hits” in his ruling.

“Justice Dixon has awarded me a record sum and I?m extremely grateful for that. It is four times the Australian record,” said Sydney-born Wilson.

“To me though, this case wasn?t about the money.”

Throughout the three-week trial, an often-emotional Wilson claimed she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films “Trolls” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” following the articles.

She is due to star in “Pitch Perfect 3” this year, along with a remake of comedy classic “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”.

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  1. Avatar Me March 20th, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Why should this get 10% of the budget? As happens with all commissions, they will be found lacking in “teeth” to implement their verdicts! Healthcare deserves the lionshare of the budget

  2. Avatar Mkristo mkenya March 21st, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    ….My university lecturer-Dr.Swazuri….am really looking forward to assisting where I can…I really have a heart for land policy and envision a food secure kenya

  3. Avatar kamau1947 March 21st, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Land has been the prime cause of strife since before independence and even the handling of the British and World Bank funds was a travesty. The funds were there to re-settle indigenous peoples when white farmers left and it never happened. I trust the commission will address these injustices.

  4. Avatar Richie May 20th, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This is most annoying, why hasn’t the commission started wielding its powers & functionality? A recent visit to the Commissioner of Lands in the quest to renew my lease was most unfortunate as word was that the extension of lease and allotment have been stopped until the Land Commission is fully placed.

  5. Avatar Harold Kinyanjui June 6th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I have a question for the land commission: why is there no compensation for land surrendered to the City Council before a sub-division is approved? Such happened in 1983 when my family surrendered 13 acres for public utility on which no compensation was paid by the council or the government.


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