June 29, 2017

Rebel Wilson gives evidence in Vic court

23 May 2017, 02:47 | Candice Butler

Rebel Wilson trial starts in Melbourne

Actress Rebel Wilson leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne Friday

As the defamation case brought by the Bridesmaids actor began in Melbourne on Monday, the supreme court of Victoria heard that Wilson was a rags-to-riches case torn down by a tabloid publisher who simply wanted to sell magazines.

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.

Home-grown Hollywood star Rebel Wilson's "world collapsed" when a series of "grubby articles" in a women's magazine painted her as a fake and a liar, a Melbourne court has heard. Correspondence from the magazine's editor-in-chief was also shown to the jury.

Days before going to print, Ms Connolly wrote to Ms Nementzik saying: "worried about the legals as we're calling her a liar based on a woman who won't go public".

However, Georgina Schoff QC, representing Bauer Media, claimed Wilson told "tall tales" about her working class childhood and said it wasn't true that she had "grown up in a ghetto", claiming she actually went to an "elite private boarding school".

They were published during the release of Pitch Perfect 2, in which she had a starring role.

Real Rebel worked to suppress her own grin. It was a crisis. "She thought she'd never been hit with such nastiness, coincided to time with the pinnacle of her career", Collins stated.

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In the witness box, Wilson tearfully recounted the "nasty" articles that she claims damaged her career after a journalist employed by the publisher had been contacted by one of Wilson's former schoolmates. She should have been going from meeting to meeting to discuss future roles.

"The phone just stopped ringing", Dr Collins said.

"These articles were a malicious, deliberate take-down of me". "There could be no other explanation", he said.

Wilson is seeking undisclosed damages with reports it could tally into the several hundreds of thousands if she is successful.

In the Supreme Court of Victoria on Tuesday, Wilson described how a hallucination she'd had about winning an Oscar while she was feverish with malaria had prompted her to become an actor.

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

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