Liar Liar; Rebel Wilson Wins Defamation Case Against Bauer Media Group

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Rebel Wilson - Image via Twitter (@RebelWilson)

Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson has won her defamation case against German-based media company Bauer Media Group.

Wilson was suing Bauer Media for a 2015 Woman’s Day article they published titled, “Just who is the REAL Rebel?” In the article, Bauer Media made defamatory accusations and claimed Rebel was actually 29-years-old and not 35 (her actual age at the time).

The article also alleged that Wilson lied about her real name and upbringing in Australia, calling her a “serial liar.” In her lawsuit, she claims the article damaged her reputation and caused several of her film contracts to be terminated. Wilson claims she missed out on her role in Kung Fu Panda III as well as others.

Now, following a three-week trial in Melbourne, Australia, a Victoria state Supreme Court jury sided with Wilson. As you would expect, Rebel was pretty happy with the court’s decision.

According to the LA Times, the actress spoke to reporters outside the courthouse and said she had to “stand up to a bully” and now felt the “stain” on her reputation had been removed.

“The reason I’m here is not for damages, it’s to clear my name,” Wilson said. “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.”

Bauer Media failed to prove to the court that the article they published was true and that they were not responsible for harming Wilson’s career. The media company said it would “consider its options” following the verdict, the Guardian said.

For now, though, let’s let Rebel celebrate her victory. Hopefully, she can get back to work in the near future.

“I’m a person that’s really confident in my own skin and really felt like it was the right thing to do to take this company on and prove how disgusting and disgraceful their checkbook journalism is,” Wilson said.

The amount of damages Wilson will receive has yet to be determined by a judge.

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