Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media reduced on appeal

Cast member Wilson poses at the premiere for

Cast member Wilson poses at the premiere for

In June previous year a six-person jury found in favour of Wilson's claim against the publisher of Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly.

Wilson had argued that the articles had led to her being sacked from two films.

Wilson was awarded $4.5 million in damages last September, after a jury found Bauer Media had defamed her in a series of magazine articles that said she had lied about her age, real name and childhood.

"For a considerable number of reasons, the critical inferences drawn by the judge could not be upheld", three judges in the Victorian state appeals court wrote in a judgment.

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Rebel Wilson's huge defamation payout has been slashed after the claim was taken to the appeals court.

It was the largest defamation win in Australian legal history and Bauer appealed, arguing the size of the settlement set a unsafe precedent and there were errors of law in the judgement.

Wilson was originally awarded $3.9m (£2.3m) for loss of earnings and $650,000 (£382,000) in damages. The legal process has run its course and Bauer welcomes the court's decision to set aside the entire award of damages for economic loss.

But regardless of how much in damages she's awarded, Wilson said she still considers herself a victor.

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"While this case was never about the money for me ..."

Wilson, who starred in the Pitch Perfect films as well as How To Be Single and and Bridesmaids, has said she will give away the damages to charity and to support the Australian film industry.

Rebel was not present in court as she is filming in Europe, but did tweet ahead of the appeal, pointing out that the verdict itself was not being questioned, only the amount of money paid.

Her lawyers had been seeking more than $7 million claiming Wilson had missed out on major Hollywood film roles.

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Wilson is now in Europe in pre-production on Taika Waititi's war-drama Jojo Rabbit but she tweeted that the case was "never about the money" and that proceeds would be going to charity.

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