Actress Rebel Wilson yesterday took the stand in her defamation case against Bauer Media.
According to press reports, the trial “is rapidly coming to resemble an all-singing, all-dancing variety hour rather than a court case.”
The jury was privy to a screening to a full episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery where she reflected on her upbringing. There were clips from her movies, including an a capella performance of Ace of Base’s I Saw The Sign, photos from a dog show, impersonating German journalists (“when are you going on ze diet?”), rapping to the jury (“Listen up y’all, I’ve got something to say, it is about this award that I won today”) and her declaration as a proud bogan -also a title of a previous work.
“I kind of use it very endearingly and I definitely consider myself a bogan. Probably now I’d be a cashed-up bogan, you would say” she said.
Justice John Dixon quipped from the bench “That’s called a CUB”.
She told the court her age was 37, and confirmed she was born Melanie Bownds, which she later legally changed to Rebel Wilson. Her passport and birth certificate were both tendered to the court.
More seriously she also took direct aim at Bauer’s article.
“These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me.
“I don’t know what other words you would use apart from nasty to describe these articles,” she said.
“They don’t know me, they haven’t lived my life. I have. I know what’s true, and I’m happy to tell my story today.”
She alleged a malicious former classmate had “contacted basically every single person in the Australian media ” trying to sell her story.
Since the article’s publication Wilson claims work as a ‘break-out’ star dried up. In the two years since 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.
Wilson plans to attend every day of the 3 week trial making it the hottest ticket in town for the packed courthouse.