Actress Rebel Wilson wins defamation case against publisher

An all-female six-person jury deliberated for two days over their verdict in which they were asked to consider 40 questions and eight potentially defamatory magazine articles before handing down their decision on Thursday

Rebel Wilson wins defamation case against women's mags

Australian actor Rebel Wilson has won a legal defamation case over a series of magazine articles she claimed ruined her career.

A jury of six women at Victoria's Supreme Court found on Thursday that all eight articles had defamed Wilson.

Wilson sued Bauer for damages, saying her reputation has suffered and she had been left humiliated and embarrassed.

Speaking to journalists outside of court, Wilson elaborated on how this trial was never about money and outlined the reasons she felt she had to take this to court.

Wilson denied she has ever lied to journalists and says the articles caused her career serious damage, including losing out on a role in the animated film Kung Fu Panda 2.

But Bauer's lawyers unearthed documents showing she may have been fired from Trolls before the articles were published.

Ms Wilson, who will now jet to NY to shoot a film with fellow Australian Liam Hemsworth, said she was grateful the drama was now over.

An excerpt from the Woman's Day article about Rebel Wilson.

In May 2015, Wilson responded to a Woman's Day report that she had been lying about her age and name.

"I am glad, very glad, that the jury has agreed with me", she told reporters. "To me, I was hoping the jury would do the right thing and send a message to these tabloids and they've done that".

The jury was shown childhood photos of the actress in a bid to prove her stories were true, including a young Wilson competing as a junior handler at dog shows, in a cage with a lion and in a South African hospital recovering from malaria. She said the actress had said "yes", and then launched into a story about how her mother had given her that name.

"Bauer Media took me down with a series of grubby and completely false articles", said Wilson outside the court.

Bauer Media released a statement saying it would "consider its options" after the verdict.

"Not everyone has the strength to stand up for themselves, but I do".

"I think it's a huge win, it's going to probably give confidence to people that they can take on the media".

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