Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

However, Georgina Schoff QC, representing Bauer Media, claimed Wilson told "tall tales" about her working class childhood and said it wasn't true that she had "grown up in a ghetto", claiming she actually went to an "elite private boarding school".

The Pitch Perfect star is not happy with how she was portrayed by a few magazine articles.

The Californian resident told the court she had been born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, but that her mother had wanted to name her after a little girl called Rebel that sang at their wedding.

Wilson has taken the stand in the Supreme Court in Melbourne to give evidence about her "bogan" upbringing in Sydney's north-west and the devastating impact of the articles.

She told reporters she had not been able to audition for movies because of her pending trial.

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

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.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me".

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The trial before Justice John Dixon is expected to run for three weeks.

The 37-year-old actress and comedian claims the articles caused her to be fired from the movies Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, and left her unable to secure future roles.

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.

Wilson told the jury she considered herself a bogan, before being asked to describe the meaning of the word by her barrister. Rebel Wilson at a dog show.

As the court adjourned for lunch, Ms Wilson could be heard commenting to her solicitor about the courage it might have taken the only two jurors who asked to be excused.

"Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story".

She said actors often lied about their age: "We all know that people do it", she said.

"To stand up there like that, " she said.

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