Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has won $3.7 million in damages in a lawsuit against publisher Bauer Media over a string of articles she said defamed her and caused her to lose significant movie roles.
The multi-million dollar award is the highest in Australian legal history for a defamation case, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
A Victoria Supreme Court judge ruled Wednesday the publisher of Australian women’s magazines Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly had done “unprecedented” damage to Wilson’s career in a series of articles claiming she had lied about details of her life.
“Substantial damages are necessary to compensate her,” said Justice John Dixon.
“The allegations were based on information from a source who required payment and anonymity and whom the editor considered had an axe to grind,” he added.
The court heard that lawyers for Wilson had been willing to settle out of court for A$200,000.
In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Wilson, who is currently in the U.K., said she would donate the money to Australian charities and invest in the country’s film industry.