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Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 10:40 pm EDT

FILE - In this May 2, 2018, file photo, actress Rebel Wilson struts across the stage as she is introduced to speak at College Signing Day, an event honoring Philadelphia students for their pursuit of a college education or career in the military at Temple University in Philadelphia. Wilson on Thursday, June 14, 2018, had her record 4.6 million Australian dollar ($3.5 million) damages award in a defamation case slashed to AU$600,000 ($454,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of the payout. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

MELBOURNE, Australia – Rebel Wilson has had her record 4.6 million Australian dollar ($3.5 million) damages award in a defamation case slashed to AU$600,000 ($454,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of the payout.

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 on Thursday 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.

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