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Rebel Wilson Awarded Millions in Australia Defamation Case

MELBOURNE, Australia — A judge awarded Rebel Wilson record damages of $3.66 million on Wednesday over magazine articles the actress said cost her roles in Hollywood films.

A Supreme Court jury in Australia's Victoria state had decided in June the articles claiming she lied about her age, origins of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney were defamatory.

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Australian actress Rebel Wilson makes a fist as she leaves the Victorian Supreme Court after winning her case on June 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. David Crosling / EPA file

Justice John Dixon said a substantial award amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged."

Bauer Media, publisher of the Australian magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, NW and OK, said it was considering the judgment.

The 37-year-old Wilson, best known for the comedies "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids," was in London on Wednesday and her lawyers were unable to immediately talk to her about the decision.

Her lawyer Richard Leder said outside court the damages were about four times higher than the previous Australian record for a defamation case.

Her legal team would also apply for Bauer to pay all her legal costs, Leder said.

"Rebel said that this case wasn't about money," Leder told reporters. "She said that it was about holding Bauer Media to account."

Wilson has previously said via Twitter that any damages she won would be donated to a charity, scholarship or invested into the Australian film industry.