Rebel Wilson’s bid to appeal to High Court rejected

An Australian court said there was insufficient evidence that articles by Germany's Bauer media which was found to have defamed Rebel Wilson prevented the actress from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood

An Australian court said there was insufficient evidence that articles by Germany's Bauer media which was found to have defamed Rebel Wilson prevented the actress from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood

Actress Rebel Wilson lost a bid to keep most of her defamation payout.

Wilson was originally awarded $4.5m last September, but the case turned against the actress in June 2018 when the court slashed the damages awarded to $600,000 after the Court of Appeal found they had been wrongly awarded.

The High Court today knocked back special leave for Wilson to fight her defamation case against Bauer Media.

Justice Dixon strongly criticised Bauer Media for failing to properly investigate the claims about Wilson, and for publishing them despite knowing they were false.

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.

The Supreme Court of Victoria state awarded her an Australian-record payout of $3.4 million ($4.7 million AUD) after a jury concluded she'd missed out on film roles because of the articles.

Wilson initially sought $7 million in compensation over the eight articles, which she earlier described in court as a "malicious, deliberate take-down" of her. The court ordered the actress to pay back nearly $3 million ($4.1 million AUD), and 80 percent of Bauer's legal costs.

"In our opinion there are insufficient prospects that an appeal will succeed", Justice Virginia Bell said.

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Lawyers for Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson are set to appear in the country's highest court today in a bid to continue fighting her defamation case.

The magazine publisher welcomed the decision.

"I have been determined to stand up to a bully and I am proud of myself for doing so".

"Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever", the statement reads.

"This has been a long fight, a long journey in the courts", Wilson told reporters following the ruling.

"To me it was never about the money".

"I am glad the matter is now at a definite end", she tweeted to her 2.8 million followers on Friday.

Wilson has starred in Hollywood films such as Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect.

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