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Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday slashed Rebel Wilson's record 4.6 million Australian dollar ($3.5 million) damage award to AU$600,000 ($454,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case. The 38-year-old Australian comic actress, best known for the "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids," was not in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne to hear the three judges' decision. Wilson won a Victoria state Supreme Court jury trial ruling that German publisher Bauer Media defamed her in a series of articles in 2015 claiming she lied about her age, the origin of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney.