'Case about fighting a bully, not money,' says Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson's defamation battle ends as High Court rejects bid for appeal

"To me it was never about the money, but about standing up to a bully and I have done that successfully", she said outside the High Court of Australia.

Wilson sued magazine publisher Bauer Media over articles that she said had wrongly portrayed her as a serial liar.

If Wilson is successful in her bid for leave to appeal, her case will be heard by the full bench of the High Court.

Wilson's barristers, Matthew Collins QC and Renee Enbom, appeared before the High Court in Canberra on Friday seeking special leave to appeal after she was forced to repay nearly 90 per cent of her record A$4.7 million payout to the Woman's Day publisher that defamed her.

The court awarded her millions in aggravated damages - Australia's highest defamation payout - after ruling she had lost out on film roles due to the articles.

"I have been determined to stand up to a bully and I am proud of myself for doing so".

The actress had sued Woman's Day magazine previous year over a series of articles in 2015 that she said had painted her as someone who'd lied about her real name, age and childhood in order to make it in Hollywood.

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But a court in June slashed the payout, after Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision, arguing the damages were too high.

Wilson initially sought $7 million in compensation over the eight articles, which she earlier described in court as a "malicious, deliberate take-down" of her.

Mr Collins argued on Friday the appeals court had reviewed facts established by Justice Dixon without putting them through necessary legal tests.

"The court of appeal looked carefully at the evidence and found that the case had not been made out", Mr Jackson said. The court ordered the actress to pay back nearly $3 million ($4.1 million AUD), and 80 percent of Bauer's legal costs.

She said while her appeal was unsuccessful, the whole point was "to stand up to stand up to a bully".

"But the great thing about today is that it brings it to a definitive end".

Bauer Media welcomed the court decision.

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