Following her defamation win against Bauer Media, Rebel Wilson is now seeking close to $7 million in damages. Wilson’s lawyers claim that the number is “extremely conservative”, while Bauer Media’s legal team says it is “extraordinarily large”. So which is it?
Well, if Wilson were to be awarded $7 million it would comfortably be the largest amount an Australian court has ever awarded in damages for a defamation case, according to The Australian and legal experts who spoke to Crikey. Wilson is seeking $1.2 million for general damages and a further $5.8 million for special damages, both of which may be record-breaking amounts in Australia.