The Australian actor Rebel Wilson has been awarded more than $4.5m in damages, plus interest and court costs, in her libel case against Bauer Media.
Wilson said the decision brought to an end a “long and hard court battle” and that she would not be keeping any of the money, which was the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history.
In June a six-person jury found in favour of Wilson’s claim against the publisher of Woman’s Day and the Australian Women’s Weekly.
The jury had been asked to consider 40 questions and eight claims of defamation relating to a series of articles accusing Wilson of being a serial liar about her age, real name and childhood.
At the supreme court in Melbourne on Wednesday, Justice John Dixon said the damages suffered by Wilson warranted a “substantial” payment and awarded the actor $4,567,472. Interest and costs would be determined…