Rebel Wilson to recover $1.1m in legal costs after record-breaking payout in defamation case

Star won $4.5m in case against Bauer Media last year

Rebel Wilson is expected to have most of her legal costs reimbursed by Bauer Media after being awarded a record-breaking amount of money in damages in a defamation case against the media giant last year.

Last September, the Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids star was awarded A$4.5m (£2.5m) after bringing the case against two Bauer magazines, Woman’s Day and Australian Woman’s Weekly, after they published stories suggesting that she was untrustworthy and a liar in 2015.

Wilson’s payout included A$650,000 in general damages and A$3,917,472 for missed acting roles.

Her application to have A$1.3m of her total A$1.4m legal costs paid for by Bauer has been rejected this week by an Australian court, but The Guardian reports that it’s expected that Bauer will pay at least 80% (A$1.1m) of the costs.

The Victorian supreme court ruled on Thursday (April 12) that Bauer would have to pay not in one lump sum, but by the end of the year. BBC reports that the exact sum will be negotiated in a separate court.

Bauer Media is set to appeal the original A$4.5m payout, which will be heard next week.

Last November, Wilson spoke about her experiences of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

“As you guys know, I’m a pretty strong and confident person but even I have a story to tell,” Wilson wrote on Twitter before detailing an assault by a male co-star.