Rebel Wilson spent more than $1.4m fighting defamation case, court told
The Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson spent more than $1.4m fighting her high-profile defamation case, her lawyer has told a Melbourne court.
The Pitch Perfect actor is now fighting to have most of those costs repaid by Bauer Media, which defamed her in a series of articles published in 2015.
It was revealed in the supreme court of Victoria on Thursday that Wilson spent well in excess of $1m over the 22-day trial, which was held in June. The court was also told that Wilson’s high-profile barrister Matthew Collins cost $9,900 a day, including GST.
It is expected she will have at least 80% of those costs repaid by Bauer but Wilson is seeking more.
Her barrister Renee Enbom argued that Justice John Dixon made an order on costs rather than have the matter go to a dedicated costs court.
She said Wilson and Bauer Media were arguing over a difference of between $100,000 and $200,000.
Dixon previously found that Bauer had relied on “hopeless”, or unwinnable defences during the trial, purely to keep Wilson “worried all the way to verdict”.
Enbom argued that was an “improper motivation” and the matter of costs should be decided by the trial judge as a result.