Rebel Wilson's defamation payout from magazine publisher Bauer Media reduced on appeal

Rebel Wilson after a jury of six returned unanimous verdicts in her favour following the defamation trial

Camera Icon Rebel Wilson after a jury of six returned unanimous verdicts in her favour following the defamation

An appeals court has slashed Rebel Wilson's record 4.6 million Australian dollar (£2.5 million) damage award to 600,000 Australian dollars (£338,000) after a magazine publisher appealed the amount of its payout in a defamation case.

Wilson's legal representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Wilson was not present for the judgment but she took to Twitter the night before, saying she had already won the case.

The 38-year-old Australian comic actress, best known for the Pitch Perfect movies and Bridesmaids, was not in the Court of Appeal in Melbourne to hear the three judges' decision.

Wilson was originally awarded $4.5m last September, which was the biggest defamation payout in Australian history.

During the trial, Wilson said her agents had advised her to stop mentioning her age - which was reported to be 29 in 2015 - because "Hollywood is very ageist, especially towards women".

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At the time, Wilson tweeted she would be donating the money to Australian charities and supporting the Australian film industry with the money.

With defamation payouts capped in Australia at $350,000, University of Melbourne Law Professor Andrew Kenyon told 9news.com.au when news broke of the damages ruling this payout is "way higher" than Australia has ever seen.

But Bauer, backed by a host of large Australian media companies, appealed the decision in February, arguing the damages bill was too high.

The Court of Appeal found there was no basis for Wilson to be awarded financial damages for the potential loss of roles, setting aside the economic damages entirely.

The court set aside the decision to give Ms Wilson around $3.9 million for economic losses, and reduced the $650,000 compensation figure awarded to the actress for non-economic loss by $50,000. She said she subsequently had not tried to correct wrong information printed about herself. Bauer Media quibbling about how much they now have to pay me, ' she wrote.

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