Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has been fighting a protracted legal battle in Australia, and on Thursday, the Aussie native won her defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media, which publishes magazines like Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly. A six-woman jury unanimously found eight articles published by Bauer defamed Wilson.
In 2015, Bauer Media published articles claiming that the Bridesmaids actress lied about her age, the origins of her first name, and her upbringing in Sydney. The articles also claimed that she lied about being related to Walt Disney — a point she maintains is true.
Wilson blamed the publisher for costing her acting roles in Hollywood after the articles were published.
Following her victory in court, Wilson told reporters: “The reason I’m here is not for damages; it’s to clear my name. I was hoping the jury would do the right thing and send a message to these tabloids. And they’ve done that, so for me it’s over in my mind.”
She also posted a message on Instagram thanking her supporters and said, “I love my job as an actress and as an entertainer, and I look forward to rebuilding my career now that the record has been set straight.”
Just crushed my defamation case in Australia x thank you to all my family, friends and supporters! I had to take a stand. I had to stand up to a bully, a media organization Bauer Media Group who maliciously took me down in May 2015 with a series of grubby and completely false articles. Far too often tabloid magazines and the 'journalists' who work for them don't abide by professional ethics. Far too often their conduct can only be described as disgraceful and disgusting! I'm glad that the lovely ladies of the jury have agreed with me. Their unanimous and overwhelming verdict has sent a clear message. I love my job as an actress and as an entertainer and I look forward to rebuilding my career now that the record has been set straight. Thank you so much everybody!
A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson) on Jun 14, 2017 at 11:52pm PDT
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