Rebel Wilson: Australia media firms fail in defamation case bid

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson has accused Australian media firms of "colluding" with a magazine publisher in their bid to contest a record defamation payout.

The Australian actress was awarded A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) last year, after arguing that articles by Bauer Media had portrayed her as a serial liar.

Bauer is appealing against the sum, Australia's largest defamation payout.

A bid by six Australian media giants to join the appeal was denied on Thursday.

The Supreme Court of Victoria rejected the joint application by News Corp Australia, Fairfax Media, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Nine Network, Seven Network and Macquarie Group.

They had argued that the size of the payout could prevent journalism that is in the public interest.

Their application was thrown out after Justice Pamela Tate ruled that it was not sufficiently different to Bauer's appeal.

Wilson, who has starred in films including Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, tweeted her approval after the decision.

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