Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Collins claimed the articles, dating back to May 2015 that inferred Wilson had lied about her age, schooling and upbringing, had a detrimental effect on her Hollywood career and she lost major roles because of it.

However, Georgina Schoff QC, representing Bauer Media, claimed Wilson told "tall tales" about her working class childhood and said it wasn't true that she had "grown up in a ghetto", claiming she actually went to an "elite private boarding school".

She said in the past two years, she has only had two roles - one in Absolutely Fabulous, which she did as a favour, and a stage role in London.

What has resulted is this weird all-singing-all-dancing variety show before Victoria's venerable Supreme Court.

Wilson said she was born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, but that her mother had wanted to name her after a little girl called Rebel who sang at her wedding.

The hearing continues. Wilson is expected to give evidence later in the trial.

Bauer Media denies the articles were defamatory.

The trial may last as long as three weeks.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me that accused me of being a serial liar", she said.

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THE judge needn't have anxious about the potential bias of at least one of the people cast into the jury pool for Rebel Wilson's defamation case.

She claims that after the 2015 "campaign", she was sacked from a number of movie roles, work offers dried up, and that she suffered physically and emotionally.

The jury was shown an entire episode of the ABC's Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery, featuring Wilson.

In his opening statement to an all-female jury, her lawyer Matthew Collins QC, claimed the articles were timed to cause maximum damage to the 37-year-old actor.

In the witness box, Wilson tearfully recounted the "nasty" articles that she claims damaged her career after a journalist employed by the publisher had been contacted by one of Wilson's former schoolmates. Here was young Rebel Wilson in a white dress.

Ms Wilson told media outside court that it was traumatic to relive the saga.

"My mum's obsessed with dogs", Wilson said.

He said she was sacked from two films, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, and unable to secure future work.

"To stand up there like that, " she said.

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