Rebel’s lawyer names huge sum
REBEL Wilson wants $5.893 million in special damages following her epic defamation win against Bauer Media.
For the first time since her defamation trial started more than a month ago her lawyer today put a specific figure on her claim.
Making his submission in the Supreme Court Dr Matthew Collins, QC, for Wilson, said it was a particularly conservative figure.
But the ultimate figure could be significantly higher taking into general damages.
Justice John Dixon said today it would take him several weeks to assess the claim, by which time general damages would be capped at $389,500.
Dr Collins said he arrived at the $5.893 million figure by taking into account a single missed film opportunity, at which the court has heard Wilson could have earned $6 million.
He said deductions were made for some stage shows Wilson had performed in.
Dr Collins said there was a degree of guesswork in arriving at a fair figure.
But he said Wilson's case was virtually unprecedented in the magnitude of the damage suffered by her.
"A star like Rebel Wilson ... a multi-million dollar actress ... could reasonably expect not to have had the hiatus in her career that the evidence establishes she had," he said.
Earlier the court was told Wilson's earning power should have been double that of comedy superstar Amy Schumer, a top Hollywood agent claims.
Peter Principato told the Victorian Supreme Court this morning Wilson was the hottest name in Hollywood at the time a series of defamatory articles about her were published.
"Rebel was one of those actresses that every studio was talking about and trying to find projects for," he said.
Mr Principato, who has represented big name stars including Jonah Hill, said when the articles were published Wilson was at the top of her game.
She should have been landing between two and three lead roles a year at a minimum, he said.
Instead Wilson claims she was sacked from two films, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, and unable to land any more work.
Mr Principato reeled off a list of films he believed Wilson would have been perfect for.
They included the all female remake of Ghostbusters and Snatched, which starred Amy Schumer.
He said Wilson would have been perfect for the Schumer role, and had she had landed it could have commanded double the speculated $2 to $3 million Schumer earned.
Mr Principato was called to testify by lawyers for Wilson who are fighting for damages following her defamation win last week against Bauer Media.
The Hollywood star sat through every day of her almost month-long trial but is understood to have now returned to the US.
Wilson, 37, has repeatedly said her fight was never about money, but that she had wanted to stand up to bullies Bauer Media and their publications.
"It's over in my mind," she said after the jury returned its verdict.
"The reason why I'm here is not for damages, it's to clear my name obviously.
"It's just really not about the number ... what I was hoping was that the jury would do the right thing and send a message," she said.
Wilson is seeking damages over eight defamatory articles published in Woman's Day, Australian Woman's Weekly, New Weekly and OK! Magazine.
The jury found the articles unfairly painted her as a serial liar, claiming she had faked her way to a Hollywood career.
The hearing continues.