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":