Rebel Wilson's defamation battle ends as High Court rejects bid for appeal

Rebel Wilson's defamation battle ends as High Court rejects bid for appeal

Wilson's barristers, Matthew Collins QC and Renee Enbom, had sought special leave to appeal at the court after she was forced to repay nearly 90 per cent of her record $4.7 million payout to the Woman's Day publisher that defamed her.

'I saw it out to the bitter end, ' she said.

"The whole reason for bringing this case is that I really wanted to stand up to a bully, which is Bauer Media", she told reporters.

Wilson had appealed against that decision but the High Court dismissed the case on Friday, national broadcaster the ABC reported.

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The star of three "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids" won A$4.6 million ($3.5 million) in damages from the German publisher a year ago after a court found a series of articles accusing her of lying about her age, name and childhood events had cost her roles.

Wilson had not disputed returning the damages to Bauer but had argued about the timing and calculation of interest payments.

During her defamation trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria past year, Ms Wilson proved journalists from Bauer had painted her a serial liar about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

The actress lost her final bid to reclaim the payout for the defamation case.

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But this June the amount was reduced by 90 percent after the magazine's publishers, Bauer Media, appealed.

At the time, Justice Dixon said Bauer Media failed to properly investigate the claims made against Ms Wilson and then published them despite knowing they were false.

On today's High Court decision, Bauer Media's general counsel Adrian Goss said: "Bauer Media is pleased that the High Court has chosen to bring an end to this matter". An Australian jury sided with her and ordered Bauer Media to pay her A$4.5 million as compensation.

It was the largest defamation penalty in Australian legal history and drew criticism from across the country's publishing industry, which said it set a risky precedent.

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"To me it was never about the money".

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