Hollywood hit the courts today with actor Rebel Wilson appearing at the Supreme Court ahead of her defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media.
The expat star, who has taken time out from film commitments to be in Melbourne for the defamation trial set to start on Monday, slipped into court unnoticed.
She has launched a defamation case against Bauer Media, publisher of Women’s Weekly, Women’s Day and OK! magazines.
She claims that articles in those titles that alleged she had lied about her age and background had cost her prestigious roles in hit movies.
Wilson alleges one article — titled “Just who is the REAL Rebel?” — suggested she was a serial liar who “invented fantastic stories in order to make it in Hollywood”.
The Pitch Perfect star said the stories accused her of lying about her personal details, using a fake name and creating stories in order to succeed in Hollywood.
She also claims that she was not contacted for comment before publication.
She claims the articles destroyed her reputation among producers and directors in Hollywood, costing her lucrative acting roles and effectively killing her career.
Lawyers for Wilson and Bauer Media thrashed out a range of pre-trial issues ahead of Monday’s start date.
The trial, which will be determined by a jury, is expected to last three weeks and include testimony from witnesses in Los Angeles and the UK.