Rebel Wilson awarded record $3.6 million in Australian defamation case

The Australian Supreme Court has awarded actress Rebel Wilson a record $3.6 million ($4.5 million AUD) in her defamation case against Bauer Media, whose stories she says cost her movie roles in projects such as Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

In June, a jury found in Wilson's favor , ruling that the publisher defamed her by calling her a "serial liar" who falsified her age, name and other parts of her background in order to succeed in Hollywood. 

Supreme Court Justice John Dixon said the company was negligent in fact-checking the allegations from its paid anonymous source. Accordingly, a substantial award amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson.

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