'I have already won': Rebel Wilson confident ahead of Bauer appeal decision

Rebel Wilson's $4.5million defamation payout has been slashed to just $600,000 on appeal

Bauer Media, publisher of Women's Day, has had a major victory on appeal in its defamation case with actress Rebel Wilson, with Victoria's Court of Appeal cutting the payout from $4.5 million to $600,000.

The 38-year-old Australian comic actress, best known for the "Pitch Perfect" movies and "Bridesmaids", was not in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne on Thursday to hear the three judges' decision.

Wilson alleged she was defamed in several articles published in 2015, including a Woman's Day story titled 'Just who is the REAL Rebel?'

The appeal court removed the 3.9 million Australian dollars that the trial judge had awarded for roles lost because of damage done to her reputation.

Bauer did not, however, appeal the verdict that the articles were defamatory, but argued the Australian-record damages awarded in September were excessive.

Bauer Media did not challenge the jury's defamation finding in its appeal and sought only for the damages to be reduced. The legal process has run its course and Bauer welcomes the court's decision to set aside the entire award of damages for economic loss.

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With defamation payouts capped in Australia at $350,000, University of Melbourne Law Professor Andrew Kenyon told 9news.com.au when news broke of the damages ruling this payout is "way higher" than Australia has ever seen.

Discussing the case earlier this year, Wilson said the magazines had launched a vicious campaign which derailed her career and had been "really, really hurtful and devastating".

Wilson said previously that she would donate the money made from the case to charity and use it to support the Australian film industry.

The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case.

The Court of Appeal is yet to determine costs.

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