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Rebel Wilson awarded $4.5m in damages

HOLLYWOOD star Rebel Wilson has been awarded more than $4.5 million in damages after her successful legal battle against Bauer Media.

Supreme Court judge Justice John Dixon said Ms Wilson's defamation was "unprecedented" and warranted substantial damages.

Justice Dixon was scathing of Bauer's "campaign" against Rebel to pursue its own corporate objectives.

The 37-year-old had claimed more than $7 million in damages after a jury found she was maliciously defamed by four Bauer publications.

She has vowed to donate any damages awarded to her to charity.

"Any $'s (sic) I receive will go to charity, scholarships or invested into the Aussie film industry to provide jobs," she said after the jury returned their verdict.

"I take being a role model very seriously x."

Rebel Wilson leaves the Victorian Supreme Court after winning her case, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Wilson Has won her case againstst Bauer Media, claiming defamatory print and online articles made her out to be a serial liar, costing her roles in Hollywood and tarnishing her reputation. (AAP Image/ David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING
Rebel Wilson leaves the Victorian Supreme Court after winning her case, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Wilson Has won her case againstst Bauer Media, claiming defamatory print and online articles made her out to be a serial liar, costing her roles in Hollywood and tarnishing her reputation. (AAP Image/ David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING DAVID CROSLING

Wilson sued Bauer over a series of defamatory articles in published in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK!

Wilson claimed she was sacked from two films - Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 - and unable to land any more work due to the articles.

Wilson said she had wanted to stand up to "bullies" Bauer Media and their publications.

"Far too often I feel that their conduct can only be described as disgusting and as disgraceful," Wilson said after the trial.

"I'm glad, very glad, that the jury has agreed with me. And by the unanimous and overwhelming verdict, they have sent a very clear message.

"It really saddened me that a lot of people believed these articles. It's good now that the records set straight and that the stain has disappeared.

"Hopefully my career will go from strength to strength from now on."

Dr Matthew Collins, QC, for Wilson, argued her $7 million damages claim was particularly conservative.

"A star like Rebel Wilson ... a multimillion-dollar actress ... could reasonably expect not to have had the hiatus in her career that the evidence establishes she had," he said.

shannon.deery@news.com.au

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