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Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

23 May 2017, 02:46 | Kristen Gross

39;False' stories cost Hollywood's Rebel Wilson roles- court hears

False stories cost Hollywood s Rebel Wilson roles- court hears

Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson, comedian and actor, took the stand at her Supreme Court trial on Tuesday to claim that she really was just a bogan.

Schoff said it wasn't true Wilson had "grown up in a ghetto" and had in fact attended an "elite private boarding school".

Rebel Wilson speaks to the media outside the Victoria Supreme Court on 19 May.

In the two years since the articles were published, she has had only two roles - one a cameo in the Absolutely Fabulous movie, which she did as a favour, and a stage role in London.

Rebel Wilson leaving court on 19 May. Bauer denies the articles were defamatory.

He said Wilson thought "she'd never been hit with such nastiness" when Bauer Media published "grubby articles" that defamed her. Wilson said "she can't wait to start giving evidence".

The Pitch Perfect star launched legal action against Bauer Media executives in May 2016 after a number of their publications in her native Australia featured reports suggesting she had lied about her background such as her age, real name, and upbringing.

He also said she had been fired from several roles, began taking sleeping tablets and developed a stress rash on her arms and around her mouth because of the stories.

Wilson returned to Australia and made a decision to become an actress after finishing an arts-law degree at the University of New South Wales.

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She was so sick she felt like she'd contracted a "voodoo disease" and was disconnected from her body, the court heard.

Wilson said the woman had a problem with her success, and that she couldn't believe Bauer "would print this rubbish".

In the witness box, Wilson tearfully recounted the "nasty" articles that she claims damaged her career after a journalist employed by the publisher had been contacted by one of Wilson's former schoolmates.

It had been standing room only when Rebel Wilson walked in.

"My mum's obsessed with dogs", Wilson said.

Her barrister Matthew Collins, QC, told the jury that the publishing company "tore down an Australian star to sell magazines".

It was also claimed Wilson told Overington that her aunt was married to Walt Disney and gave her special access to the entertainment park as a child.

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

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