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Rebel Wilson sues magazine publisher for claiming she lied about her age

Published 16/05/2016

Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson has filed a lawsuit against Bauer Media in her native Australia.

Actress Rebel Wilson is suing a magazine publisher after bosses published a number of articles claiming she had lied about her age to get ahead in Hollywood.

The Pitch Perfect star has filed a defamation case against Bauer Media, as a number of its publications in her native Australia printed reports asserting she had falsified details including her age and background to help her achieve success in America.

According to Britain's MailOnline, the 36-year-old filed her lawsuit in the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday (16May16) against the magazine publisher and its titles Woman's Day, The Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK!.

Rebel claims the magazines made her out to be a serial liar, leaving her "humiliated and embarrassed" and "gravely injured in her feelings, credit and reputation".

The actress is suing for special damages as she believes her reputation has been damaged, with contracts being terminated after the articles appeared, as well as her missing out on other potential roles because of the lies.

Rebel's issues centre around an article first published in Woman's Day in May last year (15), which claimed she lied about her age, real name, upbringing and the fact she had lived in the African country of Zimbabwe for a year.

The star argues she was not contacted about any of the articles that were published, and feels they were timed to coincide with the release of Pitch Perfect 2 to achieve maximum attention in Australia and around the world.

At the time, Rebel took to social media to joke about the articles, writing on Twitter: "OMG I'm actually a 100 year old mermaid formerly known as 'CC Chalice' ....thanks shady Australian press for your tall poppy syndrome'."

In February (16), the star referred to the articles again, insisting she had nothing to hide.

"If I was guilty of something which, I mean, I don't really have any skeletons in my closet — which is why it's quite hard for people to write bad stuff about me," she told Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery. "You know, I don't have a drug addiction, or secret child. But I think, when I did go to America, I kind of just stopped saying my age. The reality is, when you work in America, you have to show your passport and your visa for every single job, so it's not like you can hide how old you are."

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