Bauer Media will have to pay $600,000 in general damages after successfully appealing the massive payout of $4.5m awarded in her defamation case.
The Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal found she hadn’t proven she suffered economic loss in losing movie roles and should not have been awarded $3.917m in special damages.
A $650,000 sum awarded in general damages was reduced to $600,000.
“This court will set aside the Judge’s Award of damages for non-economic loss. In view of the seriousness of the defamation, and the hurt and distress it has caused Ms. Wilson, this court has re-assessed her damages for non-economic loss at $600,000,” a magistrate said this morning.
“This court has found that the evidence Ms. Wilson relied upon was not sufficient to establish on the balance of probabilities that there existed the valuable lost opportunities for which she contended.
“This court has also found that Ms. Wilson was unable to establish that there was a causal connection between the defamatory publications for which Bauer was responsible and any loss that was suffered.”
The magistrate added, “This court has therefore rejected Ms. Wilson’s claim that she suffered economic loss.”