Rebel Wilson wins €3 million in ‘malicious’ defamation case

Rebel Wilson has been awarded over €3 million (A$4.56m) in damages after articles published in a popular magazine made false accusations about the Australian actress.

The articles falsely claimed that Rebel had lied about her age, the origins of her first name and her Sydney upbringing, so that she could make it in Hollywood.

As a result, the Pitch Perfect star missed out on several film roles and other career opportunities.

Bauer Media, publisher of Woman's Day magazine, was found guilty of defamation after Justice John Dixon said it had failed to show the claims made against the actress had any substance.

According to Rebel's lawyers, the amount awarded is the “largest defamation damages award in Australian legal history.”

Rebel took to Twitter to express her relief after a “long hard court battle” and insisted the case “wasn't about the money.”

The actress went on to say how she would use the money help a number of charities as well as support the Australian film industry. 

She finished by thanking her fans for their love and support and revealed she was looking forward to getting back to her career.