“Pitch Perfect” actress Rebel Wilson is taking legal action against an Australian publisher for defamation of character.
Wilson claims that Bauer Media published a series of magazine articles that painted her as a liar and allegedly cost her several movie roles. According to Wilson’s lawyer, Renee Enbom, articles published by the company in 2015 led directly to terminated film contracts.
Many of the articles in question relate to Wilson’s reported use of a fake name, age, and stories of her upbringing in Australia. The extensive articles, which also became the basis of many other reports worldwide, were published in Woman’s Day and The Australian Women’s Weekly.
Back in April, a hearing at the Victoria state Supreme Court in Melbourne saw Enbom state that the articles ruined Wilson’s reputation as a trusted and honest actress.
“These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me,” a teary Wilson testified in court on Monday, May 22 — according to the Associated Press. The actress said she has only had two roles since the articles were published: as a flight attendant in the British comedy “Absolutely Fabulous” and a stage role in London.
“It’s not lucrative,” she told the court. “The reason why I’m here today is to stand up for myself and to stand up for my family, who’ve been harassed.”
Wilson is seeking unspecified damages from Bauer Media.