Rebel Wilson seeks legal fees after record Australia payout

The Australian court earlier heard that Rebel Wilson had offered to settle the case for A$200,000 before it went to trial, with most of her legal costs coming from solicitor’s fees preparing her case. (AFP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Rebel Wilson seeks legal fees after record Australia payout

MELBOURNE: Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson spent more than A$1.3 million ($1.1 million) to win Australia’s largest defamation payout, it was revealed Thursday, and she is now chasing publisher Bauer to pay those costs as well.
The “Pitch Perfect” star was awarded A$4.5 million in damages against the group last September over articles claiming she lied about her age and background to further her career.
The allegations were made in Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015, which Wilson said damaged her reputation. She won the case and vowed to give the payout to charity.
Bauer are appealing and have been backed by some of the country’s leading media organizations who argue the size of the settlement set a dangerous precedent.
A day after she tweeted “Girls just wanna have funds,” Wilson’s lawyers appeared in the Victorian Supreme Court in a battle over the fees.
It heard that experts engaged by lawyers for both Wilson and Bauer had estimated the actress would be entitled to recover between A$1.1 million and A$1.3 million, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Wilson’s barrister Renee Enbom said it effectively meant they were quibbling over A$200,000.
“It’s $200,000, that’s what we’re fighting about,” she said, according to the broadcaster, in urging the judge to make an order on costs rather than it going to a dedicated costs court, which would potentially delay the payment.
Justice John Dixon reserved his decision.
The court earlier heard that Wilson had offered to settle the case for A$200,000 before it went to trial, with most of her legal costs coming from solicitor’s fees preparing her case.


Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

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Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

MOSCOW: Budweiser say they “respect the religious beliefs” of all players after Egyptian keeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined his man-of-the-match award sponsored by the American beer giant at the World Cup.
Elshenawy was nominated after his stoic efforts holding off Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to the South Americans in their World Cup opener on Friday.
But the 29-year-old turned down the award due to his Muslim faith.
Budweiser told AFP on Monday: “We respect the religious beliefs of all players and worked with FIFA to put a process in place for Man of The Match winners who wish to not be featured with the Budweiser branding for religious reasons.
“Official Man of The Match winners who decline the Bud trophy for religious reasons will still receive full honors, such as Mohamed Elshenawy did, and we congratulate him on his accomplishment.”