Rebel Wilson to take defamation payout appeal to the High Court
Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson is set to take an appeal against the ordered return of most of her $4.5 million defamation payout to the High Court.
Wilson filed an application with the High Court last night, the Herald Sun reports. This application is expected to be assessed by two court judges based in Melbourne – a decision that could take months.
Their judgements will be based off either written or oral submissions by Wilson and Bauer Media.
Pending their decision about the merits of Wilson's appeal, the matter will then be decided in a full bench hearing at a Canberra court.
The High Court is the final court of appeal for Wilson's appeal – an attempt to retain the record $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages for economic loss awarded her last year as part of a defamation suit against Bauer Media.
Wilson sued the media company over a series of articles published she claims led to her removal from two films, Kung Fu Panda and Trolls.
Bauer immediately released the awarded sums to Wilson following the initial court ruling.
But last month the Court of Appeal overturned the special damages payment, slashed Wilson's general damages payout by $50,000 and ordered she repay $60,000 in interest.
Wilson was left with a total of $600,000 – $211,000 more than the standard cap for defamation payouts.
Wilson has promised to donate all winnings from the suit to charitable causes.