Rebel Wilson to give away her defamation payout

REBEL Wilson has vowed not to keep a single cent earned from her epic defamation win against Bauer Media.

For the first time yesterday lawyers for the Hollywood star revealed she was seeking more than $7 million in damages over the defamation.

But the star took to Twitter overnight to maintain she wouldn't keep any money awarded to her.

"Any $'s (sic) I receive will go to charity, scholarships or invested into the Aussie film industry to provide jobs," she wrote.

"I take being a role model very seriously x," she posted.

Wilson sued Bauer over a series of defamatory articles in published in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK!

The jury found the articles unfairly painted her as a serial liar who had faked her way to a Hollywood career.

Wilson claimed she was sacked from two films - Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 - and unable to land any more work due to the articles.

After the jury handed her a victory in court last week, Wilson said she didn't care about any payout.

"It's over in my mind. The reason why I'm here is not for damages, it's to clear my name, obviously," she said.

"It's just really not about the number ... what I was hoping was that the jury would do the right thing and send a message."

In court yesterday her lawyer finally put a specific figure on her claim.

Dr Matthew Collins, QC, told the Supreme Court his client wanted $5.893 million in special damages and an extra $1.2 million in general damages.

He argued it was a particularly conservative figure.

Hollywood agent Peter Principato told the court that at the time the defamatory articles were published, Wilson's earning power should have been double that of comedy superstar Amy Schumer.

"Rebel was one of those actresses that every studio was talking about and trying to find projects for," he said.

She should have been landing between two and three lead roles a year at a minimum, he added.

Dr Collins said deductions were made for stage shows Wilson had been in.

"A star like Rebel Wilson ... a multimillion-dollar actress ... could reasonably expect not to have had the hiatus in her career that the evidence establishes she had," he said.

Judge John Dixon said it would take him several weeks to make a ruling.

On July 1, a new, slightly higher general damages cap of $389,500 will apply in defamation cases heard in Victoria.

But Dr Collins urged the judge to ignore the cap, saying: "In our submission, the combination of the seriousness of the imputations that were found by the jury, the extent of publications, the number of publications, the failure of all defences, the finding of malice and what we will submit is a degree of aggravation that has no parallel ... makes this case unique."

He added: "The case is also unique for the magnitude of the economic loss caused by the publication of the defamatory articles."

Wilson, 37, repeatedly said her fight was never about money, but that she had wanted to stand up to "bullies" Bauer Media and their publications.

Yesterday Bauer chief Nick Chan stepped down after less than a year in the top job, refusing to give a reason for the move.

News Corp Australia

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