Rebel Wilson 'lost roles after article accused her of lies'

Rebel Wilson 'lost roles after article accused her of lies'

Rebel Wilson wiped away tears as she took to the witness stand in her defamation trial on Tuesday (23May17).

The Supreme Court heard on Monday a Woman's Day article - titled "Just who is the REAL Rebel?" - was the first of eight over a three-day campaign to paint her as a serial liar who invented stories.

She claims that after the 2015 "campaign", she was sacked from a number of movie roles, work offers dried up, and that she suffered physically and emotionally.

Rebel Wilson walks from the Supreme Court after day one of her defamation trial against Bauer Media.

The articles claimed Wilson had been dishonest about her age, name and childhood.

She also argued the articles told the truth, following an interview by the Walkley award-winning journalist Caroline Overington who claimed Wilson lied to her about her age.

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.

A series of articles published to coincide with the release of global smash hit Pitch Perfect 2 in May 2015 left the expat Aussie jobless and unable to land a film role.

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

More news: West Ham ace Lanzini hails 'amazing' win

According to courtroom reports, Wilson is saying that she was sacked from at least two movies and has been unable to find work since Bauer's campaign of eight articles was published back in 2015.

She says Bauer Media damaged her reputation by printing articles alleging she had used a fake name, claimed she was 29 when in fact she was 36, and had lied about her background - all in the name of boosting circulation, he alleged.

The hearing, before Justice John Dixon, continues.

Wilson returned to Australia and chose to become an actress after finishing an arts-law degree at the University of New South Wales.

He said she was sacked from two films, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, and unable to secure future work.

Dr Collins said the articles "tore down an Australian star in order to sell magazines".

"It's not lucrative", she told the court.

She was so sick she felt like she'd contracted a "voodoo disease" and was disconnected from her body, the court heard.

Related Articles

  • Trump to become 6th United States  president to visit Israel

    Trump to become 6th United States president to visit Israel

    The global community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. A senior Israeli Cabinet minister has voiced concern about the U.S.'s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
    Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke: My shares are not for sale

    Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke: My shares are not for sale

    He's not at fault if we didn't reach the Champions League, it's the technical department who are responsible for that. Yet Kroenke, who owns 67%, after gradually building up his holding since 2007, is unwilling to contemplate the deal.
    Cheryl has finally broken her social media silence

    Cheryl has finally broken her social media silence

    The Sun quotes him telling Heat Radio: 'I got a standing ovation from everyone except for Cheryl , which I thought was hilarious. He told United Kingdom radio station KISS FM on Wednesday (17.05.17): "I actually wanted Arthur".
  • Occasionally Wet Week Ahead, But There Is Hope For The Holiday Weekend

    Occasionally Wet Week Ahead, But There Is Hope For The Holiday Weekend

    A cold front will march toward the Mid-South Tuesday evening, bringing in scattered rain showers and storms, mainly after 5 p.m. So far it looks as if we could have a pretty decent weekend with a good deal of sunshine and warmer temperatures.
    NHL's 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties

    NHL's 20 greatest teams filled with Stanley Cup dynasties

    Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. NOTES: Anaheim D Kevin Bieksa drew into the lineup for Game 4 after sitting out the last nine games due to a lower-body injury.
    This Teen Mom Just DESTROYED Joss Whedon's Planned Parenthood Video

    This Teen Mom Just DESTROYED Joss Whedon's Planned Parenthood Video

    Planned Parenthood says those Iowans will now lose access to birth control and cancer screenings. The health centers slated for closing are in Sioux City, Bettendorf, Burlington and Keokuk.
  • South African game hunter dies after shot elephant falls on him

    South African game hunter dies after shot elephant falls on him

    He also reportedly traveled often to the U.S.in order to find wealthy customers to take part in trophy hunting. Big game hunter Theunis Botha was killed when the elephant he shot stumbled and fell on top of him.
    Australia's Westpac says new bank levy will add $48 mln in costs

    Australia's Westpac says new bank levy will add $48 mln in costs

    The Prime Minister said the levy would apply to foreign banks if they reached the $100 billion liability threshold. To address the issue, Westpac suggested that a "sunset clause" should be included in the levy.

    Group linked to NSA spy leaks threatens sale of new tech secrets

    The post explains Shadow Brokers main motivation in its activities as a competition of sorts, pitting itself against the NSA. Microsoft had previously patched the vulnerability, but many computers had not installed the updates and were left exposed.
  • Trump announces plans to soon visit Egypt

    Trump announces plans to soon visit Egypt

    Trump's arrival on Saturday marked his first foreign visit, as he embarked on a tour of the Middle East and Europe. Sisi called the USA president " a unique personality who is capable of the impossible".
    Syria, Russia condemn attack by US-led coalition

    Syria, Russia condemn attack by US-led coalition

    More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began following anti-government demonstrations in 2011. Last summer, Syrian fighters trained by the US who operated out of al-Tanf were bombed by Russian jets.
    Nicky Hayden in critical condition after bicycle crash

    Nicky Hayden in critical condition after bicycle crash

    Hayden's fiance Jackie, his brother Tommy, and mother Rose have also arrived in Italy to be by his side in these hard moments. Hayden, who had raced in the World Superbike Championship at Imola in Italy last Sunday, won the MotoGP championship in 2006.