Nobody is turning to gossip magazines for hard-hitting journalism, but there's a huge difference between a puff piece about the Clooney twins and completely fabricated malicious lies. Nobody knows that better than Rebel Wilson. In 2015, several popular magazines published a series of defamatory articles about the Pitch Perfect star. What they didn't plan on was Rebel fighting back.
She's not named "Rebel" for nothing!
We all know that gossip magazines aren't a great source for high-brow, hard-hitting news.
That person is Rebel Wilson.Bauer Media Group. Bauer owns several magazine titles around the globe, including Woman's Day, Take a Break, and Empire. In May of 2015, they decided to run a story on Rebel Wilson.
That article was the first of a series of stories about Rebel. It was also filled with lies.The first article was published in Woman's Day magazine. It claimed that Rebel had been lying to everyone about her real name, age, and upbringing. The story was quickly picked up by several other publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, People Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
Rebel's first response was to make light of all the lies the article claimed to "reveal."As long as people are spreading lies about you, why not add to the chaos a bit? But before long, Rebel started realizing that the articles were having a terrible impact. People took them at face value and believed that she was some kind of serial liar. She claimed that her reputation and career began to suffer as a result of the lies published by the magazines. She was dumped from her roles in both Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls right after the articles were published.
In May 2016, Rebel filed a lawsuit against Bauer Media.
Rebel won the case — and $4.5 million AUD.
via: Getty(That's about $3.6 million USD — a pretty hefty chunk of change!) The jury had deliberated over the case for two full days before finally ruling in Rebel's favor. The settlement is the largest defamation payout in Australian history.