Rebel Wilson’s day in court was far from pitch perfect when the Australian star was denied a leave to appeal an earlier decision that reversed her winning defamation case against Bauer Media, with a jury awarding her $4.7 million (in Canadian dollars).
Wilson, 38, sued Bauer Media, publisher of Australian Women’s Weekly and Woman’s Day, claiming articles appearing in the magazine defamed her as a liar, which she alleged harmed her reputation and cost her acting jobs.
As The Guardian reports, Wilson will not be able to appeal the decision of Bauer Media’s appeal, and must pay back all but $600,000 of the settlement.
Speaking outside the court, Wilson said that her attempt at appealing wasn’t motivated by money, but was about “standing up to a bully.”
“This has been a long fight and a long journey in the courts, but the great thing about today is that it brings it to a definitive end,” she told reporters.
“The whole reason for bringing this case is that I wanted to stand up to a bully, which is Bauer Media,” she said, adding that she was proud of “seeing it out right to the bitter end” and that she was happy the jury in the trial “restored my reputation.”
She added: “Today was just about a small point of special damages and for me it was never about the money, it was about standing up to a bully and I’ve done that.”
Bauer Media was obviously thrilled by the decision. “Bauer Media is invested in its Australian business now more than ever,” Bauer chief executive Paul Dykzeul said in a statement. “Our audience trust our content and our writers and they love our iconic brands like Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly.”