Rebel Wilson has not proved Bauer Media articles caused loss of roles, publisher tells court – Australia News



June 22, 2017 11:13:51

Hollywood comic actor Rebel Wilson has not provided any evidence that she lost money or roles as a result of defamatory articles published in 2015, magazine giant Bauer Media has told court.

Key points:

  • Bauer Media argued Wilson had not proved the Australian articles came to the attention of people in the US
  • Wilson used Twitter to promise to donate any money received
  • The court heard she could have made $18 million, but the articles damaged her career

Wilson is seeking $7 million after she successfully sued the publisher over eight articles she said portrayed her as a serial liar, as part of what she called a “malicious, deliberate take-down”.

Wilson’s lawyer, Matthew Collins QC, yesterday told the court that Wilson could have made up to $18 million from a number of film roles if the articles had not damaged her career.

But Bauer Media’s lawyer, Georgina Schoff, said Wilson “has not proved that the publications were the cause of the alleged loss”.

She said the articles had not been published in the US.

During the trial, Wilson said she had seen and heard references to the defamatory claims on US television and radio programs.

But Ms Schoff said Wilson had not proved that the “sting in these articles has percolated and come to the attention of people in the United States”.

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