Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins

A defamation trial between Rebel Wilson and the publishers of Woman's Day is due to begin on Monday
A defamation trial between Rebel Wilson and the publishers of Woman's Day is due to begin on Monday
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23 May, 2017

The trial kicked off at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia on Monday and when she took to the stand to give evidence on Tuesday, she disputed the defence's argument that the articles weren't nasty and had no impact on her career.

The defamation trial for "Australian success story" and Hollywood movie star Rebel Wilson will hear from a number of witnesses including her mother and siblings, her Australian and U.S. agents, and an old school friend from her childhood in Sydney.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me", Wilson said.

The actress said she was nicknamed Rebel and in 2002 chose to legally change her name to Rebel Elizabeth Melanie Wilson, taking her mother's maiden name after her parents separated.

In the two years since the articles were published, she has had only two roles - one a cameo in the Absolutely Fabulous movie, which she did as a favour, and a stage role in London.

THE judge needn't have anxious about the potential bias of at least one of the people cast into the jury pool for Rebel Wilson's defamation case.

The 37-year-old said while in her "gap year" after secondary school, she lived in South Africa where she became seriously ill.

Both parties are due back in court today and the case is expected to run for the next three weeks.

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"I'm not a professional rapper", she was moved to note at another point, after retelling a story involving hallucinating rap-performances.

Sitting behind the Hollywood actor in the front row of the Supreme Court, the bespectacled man's attention barely shifted from the pages of his crumpled book.

The publisher owns magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine. Rebel Wilson at a dog show.

He told the story of Ms Wilson's upbringing - from growing up in Sydney's west to a law degree to her scene-stealing big break in the film Bridesmaids, which netted her the grand fee of $3500.

There was a retired illustrator, a teacher, a pricing analyst, graphic designer and church minister among the roll call of jury nominees.

In the end, a panel of six women was picked.

The court also heard that Ms Wilson had lost acting opportunities because of the articles. "It must be terrifying".


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