In fabulous news for anyone who’s ever shaken their heads in disgust at the grubby antics of glossy gossip mags, Rebel Wilson has won her defamation suit against Bauer Media.
A jury today found that the ‘Pitch Perfect’ star *was* defamed by a series of eight articles featured in Woman’s Day, Women’s Weekly, OK Magazine and New Weekly, from back in 2015, that painted her as a serial liar.
It was ruled that each article was substantially untrue, and that Wilson’s career suffered serious harm because of their publication.
She’s always argued the impact of the literal stories caused her to lose out on a number of film roles at a time when her career should have been blowing up; she was reportedly fired from Kung Fu Panda III after she had wrapped her entire role, apparently being told she was “too divisive“.
Bauer released the following statement on the verdict:
“Bauer Media will consider its options following today’s verdict at the Victorian Supreme Court. We have no further comment to make at this time.”
It brings to a close a trial that’s been, to put it mildly, extremely fucking weird.
The court was shown Wilson’s childhood home videos and segments of her hit movies Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect II, and heard that Wilson is absolutely, 100% dead-set certain that she’s related to Walt Disney.
The journalist at the centre of the drama, meanwhile, told the court that Wilson lied to her face back in 2014. To no avail, obviously, because despite Bauer arguing that the articles they published were based in fact – they said that Wilson lied about her age, her name, and her childhood – the court ruled in Wilson’s favour.
Good onya, Rebel. You’re keepin’ em honest. Now get back to crushing it.
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