Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

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Defamation trial between Hollywood movie star Rebel Wilson and the publishers of Woman's Day at the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

The actress said she was nicknamed Rebel and in 2002 made a decision to legally change her name to Rebel Elizabeth Melanie Wilson, taking her mother's maiden name after her parents separated. "Rebel knew instantly that the article was serious".

"She had never been hit with such nastiness, timed for the high point of her career", he said. She should have been going from meeting to meeting to discuss future roles.

"I just think it's really important the truth comes out in this matter and I'm really excited to get started with it finally", she said.

"They were not nasty articles", she said.

"There's no doubt in her mind why the offers dried up".

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Bauer Media then threatened to take legal action.

Wilson told the court the obsession led her to become a junior dog handler, with the highlight of her career being selected for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

"Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story", Collins said.

"It's a case of how this publisher refused to let facts get in the way of a good story.' He also accused the company of trying to contact the star's 86-year-old grandmother to dish the 'dirt" on her.

Opening her case, Ms Wilson's lawyer, Dr Matthew Collins, QC, told the six-woman jury that Bauer Media "tore down an Australian star to sell magazines".

Bauer Media, on the other hand, argues that their articles had no effect on Wilson's public persona.

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The hearing continues. Wilson is expected to give evidence later in the trial.

Sitting behind the Hollywood actor in the front row of the Supreme Court, the bespectacled man's attention barely shifted from the pages of his crumpled book. B&T will cover the three-week trial in detail.

Ms Wilson flashed her trademark smile and nearly looked the part in this new court drama.

The publisher owns magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine. To which Justice John Dixon quipped from the bench "that's called a CUB".

Collins said that, in the wake of the articles, Wilson stopped being offered roles, was sacked from several films, began taking sleeping tablets and developed a stress rash on her arms and around her mouth.

He likely stood no chance to serve on this case, but might have been glad not to.

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The court also heard that Ms Wilson had lost acting opportunities because of the articles. "I have no current job", she said. "It must be terrifying".

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