Woman's Day 'tore down Rebel to sell magazines'

Alicia Guzman
May 23, 2017

Tweets sent by Ms Wilson outing another journalist at Bauer Media supposedly contacting her grandmother were also read in court.

The Bridesmaids star, who is originally from Sydney, is suing Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly for defamation.

Actor Hugh Sheridan, as well as Ms Wilson and her family, are expected to give evidence during the trial.

The actress said she was nicknamed Rebel and in 2002 chose to legally change her name to Rebel Elizabeth Melanie Wilson, taking her mother's maiden name after her parents separated.

The Australian actress, 37, told how her "world collapsed" after Bauer media published articles claiming she had fabricated her age, name and upbringing.

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On Monday, Wilson was in the Supreme Court in Melbourne accompanied by her sister Anna, 25, for the start of the three-week trial.

Rebel Wilson is all smiles while leaving the Supreme Court on Monday (May 22) in Melbourne, Australia.

Her barrister Matthew Collins, QC, told the jury that the publishing company "tore down an Australian star to sell magazines".

According to court documents, she claims a Woman's Day article from May 2015, with the headline "Just who is the REAL Rebel?" imputed she was a "serial liar who has invented fantastic stories in order to make it in Hollywood".

After finishing high school, Wilson took a gap year in South Africa, where she claims to have contracted malaria, a story which the magazine articles cast doubt on.

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"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me", the actress testified.

"There's many aspects to being a bogan", she said.

Dr Collins said in the wake of the articles, Wilson was forced to take sleeping pills, developed a stress disorder and a skin condition. "I don't know what other words you would use apart from nasty to describe these articles", she said.

THE judge needn't have anxious about the potential bias of at least one of the people cast into the jury pool for Rebel Wilson's defamation case.

She told the court Wilson had told Overington her auntie had been married to Walt Disney, giving her open access to Disneyland as a child.

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The court also heard that Ms Wilson had lost acting opportunities because of the articles. "I have no current job", she said.

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