Australian actress Rebel Wilson has won her high-profile court battle against Bauer Media.
Bauer Media are the publishers of Women’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly, two publications that reportedly branded Wilson as a “liar”.
The Pitch Perfect actress was defamed by the publications when they accused her of lying about her real name, age and childhood.
A jury of six deliberated for two days over the case and were asked to consider eight magazine articles with potentially defamatory content.
They were also asked to consider forty questions before delivering their verdict at the supreme court of Victoria on Thursday.
Standing outside the Melbourne courthouse, Wilson said she felt like she’d stood up to a “bully” who had damaged her career.
“The reason I’m here is not for damages, it’s to clear my name.”
“And the fact the jury has done that unanimously and answered every single of the 40 questions in my favour I think proves what I’ve been saying all along,” Wilson said.
“I was hoping the jury would do the right thing and send a message to these tabloids and they’ve done that so for me, it’s over in my mind.”
Wilson told the court of being fired from two Dreamworks movies, Kung Fu Panda 3 and Trolls.
She explained that she “had to beg” to be let into studios in Hollywood to impress producers after the defamatory articles were published in 2015.
“Month after month, doors that used to be open were shut,” she said.
The actress insisted she had never lied about her real name, age or childhood. She revealed that she knew the identity of an “obsessed and weirdly jealous” former schoolmate who had given doubtful information to journalists.
The Bridesmaids actress has a law degree from the University of New South Wales. She said that she had the education and the finances to take on the “very expensive” fight.
Bauer Media have since released a statement saying it would “consider its options” after the verdict.