Bauer Media has announced it will appeal the decision to award actress Rebel Wilson a $4.56 million defamation payday.
In a short statement to media today, the publisher said: “Bauer Media has today advised that it will be appealing the quantum of damages in the recent defamation judgement.”
The payout, which was awarded after a judge found Wilson was defamed by Bauer titles including Women’s Day and Women’s Weekly, is the largest defamation payout in Australian legal history.
Bauer Media General Counsel Adrian Goss added: “It’s important for us to revisit this unprecedented decision on the quantum of damages, which also has broad implications for the media industry.”
In handing down his initial verdict in mid-September in the Victorian Supreme Court, Justice John Dixon was scathing of the magazine publisher and described the series of articles as both “orchestrated” and a deliberate “slur”.
“Bauer Media published to advance its own corporate interests to improve its circulation or increase views, hits, in the expectation of higher profits,” Dixon said.