Media Files

Sep 13, 2017

Rebel with a cash payout … Maurice Newman’s grab-bag of nuttiness … gran of coke …

Rebel Wilson has won a record defamation payout of $4.5 million.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Today in Media Files, Rebel Wilson has been awarded $4.5 million in damages in her defamation case against Bauer Media, and Newcastle's independent Sunday newspaper has closed after just three months in publication.

Rebel Wilson wins record defamation payout. Actor Rebel Wilson has this morning been awarded a staggering $4.5 million in damages, after suing Bauer Media over a series of articles published in Woman's Day that suggested she was a liar. A Victorian Supreme Court jury found in June that Wilson had been defamed in the articles. The damages are the highest ever awarded in Australia. Wilson argued that she'd been sacked from two films over the articles and that she hadn't been able to land any further work. She has just filmed a romantic comedy, co-starring with Liam Hemsworth, and features in Pitch Perfect 3, which is yet to be released. The ABC reports that Justice John Dixon said the defamation was "unprecedented in this country":

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2 thoughts on “Rebel with a cash payout … Maurice Newman’s grab-bag of nuttiness … gran of coke …

  1. Peter Hannigan

    How about Crikey employ Maurice Newman as a columnist (unpaid of course)? It would be your answer to any claim of left wing bias. It would also provide your loyal readers with an ongoing insight into alternative realities. I do acknowledge it would make life very difficult for anyone writing satire for Crikey.

    1. AR

      There have been several occasions in the last few weeks when it seemed that BenP had snaffled BK or even grundle’s by-line.
      We have again reached the point where Tom Lehrer gave up satire and returned to maths at MIT – reality has become too ridiculous.

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