Hollywood’s Rebel Wilson wins $3.6 million in defamation case

In this file photo, Rebel Wilson attends the 5th Annual Australians in Film Awards at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, on October 19, 2016. (File photo by AP)
Updated 13 September 2017
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Hollywood’s Rebel Wilson wins $3.6 million in defamation case

SYDNEY: Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson won Aus$4.5 million ($3.6 million) in damages on Wednesday following a lengthy defamation case against an Australian publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar.
The 37-year-old “Pitch Perfect” star successfully sued Bauer Media over magazine articles which claimed she had lied about her age and background to further her acting career — walking away with what is said to be Australia’s largest-ever payout for defamation.
Bauer argued the allegations made in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 were true and denied they had damaged her reputation.
Justice John Dixon said Bauer had “acted in its own corporate interests to secure improved circulation, or increased views/hits” in the ruling at the Supreme Court of Victoria.
“Bauer Media’s defense of this case attempted to characterise its articles as true or as trivial or not likely to be taken seriously,” he said.
“Unless substantial damages are awarded there is a real risk that the public will not be convinced of the seriousness of the defamation.”
Throughout the three-week trial, an often-emotional Wilson claimed she was sacked from DreamWorks animated feature films “Trolls” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” following the articles.
“Bauer Media took me down with a series of grubby and completely false articles,” Wilson said after winning the case in June.
“Far too often I feel the tabloid magazines and the journalists that work for them don’t abide by professional ethics.
“I can only describe their conduct as disgusting and disgraceful and I’m very glad that the jury has agreed with me. And with the unanimous and overwhelming verdict they have sent a very clear message.”
The Sydney-born actor, who was seeking Aus$7.0 million in damages, has previously said she would give the money to charity and the Australian film industry.


Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 17, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

  • Dozens of military and coast guard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings
  • One a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue

KOCHI, India: A woman refused to leave her flooded house in India’s Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise.
The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of Humane Society International.
The woman, who uses only one name Sunitha, was found by rescuers in Thrissur, one of the districts worst hit by floods in Kerala that have left at least 324 dead.
But she refused to leave her house unless her dogs, all strays or abandoned pets, were taken too, Varma told AFP.
“She sent back volunteers and rescue officials because they said they could not evacuate her dogs.
“She was just not willing to leave her dogs behind. She then managed to get in touch with us,” Varma added.
“When the rescue team reached her house, it was completely flooded and the dogs were huddled on beds.”
Sunitha, her husband and the dogs are now staying at a special shelter as the relief camps set up for the disaster refused animals.
Varma said she has started a fundraiser for Sunitha and her pets so a kennel could be built at her home after the floods recede.