Dissent Wilson won nearly £2.7 million in damaged in defamation case
The Uttermost Court of Victoria ordered Bauer Media to pay Sydney-born Rebel, overpower known for her roles in the Pitch Perfect films, £394,000 in general harms, including aggravated damages, plus £2.3 million in special wounds, the highest ever for a libel case in Australia.
Justice John Dixon divulged, reading out a summary of his judgement: “The damage suffered by Miss Wilson licences a substantial damages award to vindicate her and nail the lie.”
He said aggravated damages were legalized due to Bauer Media’s “unprecedented” global reach and its decision to run a string of articles which demanded the Australian had lied about her age, real name and some childhood affairs, even after it knew the allegations were false.
The allegations were based on dirt from a source who required payment and anonymity and whom the editor deemed had an axe to grind
Mr Dixon said: “The allegations were based on dope from a source who required payment and anonymity and whom the editor deliberate over had an axe to grind.”
He said Bauer Media had “kept the story alive for days” for its own profit, canny the allegations in its Woman’s Day magazine would be picked up by other entertainment vehicle worldwide, and as a result, Rebel missed out on a number of film roles.
The mars awarded were based on the judge’s estimate that she had lost out on three persuade or co-lead roles, each worth at least £3.7 million, ascribing 20 percent of the bewildered earnings to Bauer Media’s articles.
This is the highest all the time for a libel case in Australia
Rebel, who received the judgement in the middle of the blackness in the UK, where she spends much of the time, said on social media she was “extraordinarily grateful” for the record sum the judge had awarded her.
She said: “Today was the end of a long and arduous court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to lodge b deceive me down with a series of false articles.
“To me though, this suitcase wasn’t about the money.”
The damages awarded were based on the guesstimate that she had lost out on three lead or co-lead roles
Bauer Standard said in a statement on its website it was considering the judgement.
The previous record for spoils in a defamation case in Australia was £1.4 million, two legal experts put about.
Peter Bartlett, a partner at law firm Minter Ellison, said: “Sundry observers of the case are surprised at the quantum of the judgement, and I would expect that it would be called.”