Rebel Wilson vows to fight ‘malicious’ Bauer Media to the end | Film
The Australian actor Rebel Wilson has attacked what she calls the “shockingly unethical behaviour and malicious takedowns” by the publisher Bauer Media, as she applies to take her defamation saga to Australia’s highest court.
The Pitch Perfect actor lodged an application with the high court on Wednesday for leave to appeal, after she was forced to repay almost 90% of her record $4.7m payout to the Woman’s Day publisher that defamed her.
Late on Thursday evening Wilson wrote on Twitter that she was “here to see this out til the end”.
“Thanks to everyone for your kind support re my defamation case in Australia and to those who have reached out who also plan to take their matters against this tabloid company ‘Bauer Media’ to court because of shockingly unethical behaviour and malicious takedowns,” she wrote.
“Going to court is not fun in any way and it’s ridiculously hard to be one individual against a billionaire corporation … but obviously I couldn’t let what happen stand and won’t let their constant bullying, intimidation and harassment scare me.”
During her defamation trial in the supreme court of Victoria last year, Wilson proved “vulture” journalists from Bauer had painted her a serial liar about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.
Despite Justice John Dixon awarding the Los Angeles-based actor the record-breaking damages payout, Bauer successfully appealed the figure.
The court of appeal determined that Wilson could not prove economic loss or that she had missed out on film contracts as a result of the Bauer articles.
In her social media post, Wilson added that Bauer could have settled the matter for $200,000 before it got to court but said it had “continued to do the wrong thing” and “all to make a profit”.
“I’m glad I had the guts to stand up to them and openly expose their dodgy practices in court,” she wrote. “It’s just a shame that this damages award for economic loss still lingers on the case but I’m here to see this out til the end.”
If her application is successful, Wilson’s fight could end up in Canberra before a full bench of the high court.