Actress Rebel Wilson is suing Bauer Media for defamation after print and online articles claim she lied about her age and background, using a fake name and creating stories to make it in Hollywood.
Wilson, who has appeared in recent years in Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids and her sitcom Super Fun Night, claims she missed out on roles, and others were terminated because of the articles in Woman’s Day, The Australian Women’s Weekly, NW and OK Magazine.
Wilson says the stories last year accused her of:
– lying about her age
– lying about her background
– using a fake name
– creating stories to make it in Hollywood.
Woman’s Day claimed she lied about her age, her real name, her upbringing and the fact she had lived in Zimbabwe for a year, while Women’s Weekly claimed she lied when she told David Letterman that she grew up in a disadvantaged part of NSW, when she instead grew up in the Sydney suburb of Cherrybrook.
Bauer Media did not contact her prior to writing the articles, or make adequate inquiries as to the facts, she attests.
Points raised in the articles were even republished in the US including the LA Times.
Last May website Mamma Mia also suggested Wilson had been lying about her age.
She has previously told Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, “‘The reality is, when you work in America, you have to show your passport and your visa for every single job. So it’s not like you can hide how old you are.”