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Rebel Wilson wins Australia's highest ever defamation pay out

The actress argued the articles portrayed her as a serial liar and resulted in her losing film roles. Credit: AP

Rebel Wilson has won the highest defamation pay out ever awarded in Australia.

The Australian actress won $4.5 million Australian dollars (£2.7m) after successfully arguing a series of magazine articles portrayed her as a serial liar.

Bauer Media claimed Wilson lied about her age, real name and some childhood events, even after it knew the allegations were false.

Wilson said the case "wasn't about the money" for her and she will use the money she was awarded to help charities and the Australian film industry.

The actress also tweeted her relief that the legal process had come to and end after a "long and hard" battle.

"Today was the end of a long and hard court battle against Bauer Media who viciously tried to take me down with a series of false articles," Wilson stated on Twitter.

The Pitch Perfect star said this had led to her missing out on film roles.

The global media firm was ordered to pay the star damages.

Rebel Wilson said the lies printed about her caused harm to her career. Credit: AP

Judge John Dixon said: "The damage suffered by Miss Wilson warrants a substantial damages award to vindicate her and nail the lie.

"The allegations were based on information from a source who required payment and anonymity and whom the editor considered had an axe to grind."

He added the aggravated damages were justified due to Bauer Media’s "unprecedented" global reach.

Wilson, who was in Britain, said on social media: "Am going through the full judgment in my defamation case with my lawyers and will make a statement later in the day."

Bauer Media had always denied the articles were defamatory and said in a statement on its website it was considering the judgement.