Rebel Wilson is being sued for defamation by a journalist who she branded “total scum” during a 2016 Twitter tirade.
The Pitch Perfect actress took to Twitter in February, 2016 and shared a headshot of Elizabeth Wilson, the features editor for Bauer Media’s House & Garden magazine, and accused her of harassing her grandmother and branded her “a disgrace” and “total scum”.
However, she had got the wrong Elizabeth Wilson as there are two journalists with the same name at the magazine publishing company, and when she realized her error, she apologized on Twitter and deleted the offending tweets .
The incorrectly pictured journalist is now suing Rebel after mediation between the parties failed. Lawyers for Elizabeth told Justice Lucy McCallum at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia on Friday (09Jun17) that it was “doubtful” further mediation would settle the matter, so she set a hearing date for 14 August (17).
The 37-year-old is currently back in her native Australia for her own defamation trial against Bauer Media, who she accused of damaging her reputation and career by painting her as a liar, claiming she lied about her age, name and upbringing in a series of articles in their magazines.
The three-week trial at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne came to close on Friday, with Rebel’s lawyer Matthew Collins QC telling the jury in his closing address that the actress’ “raw” and “candid” testimony serves as evidence she is “obviously not a serial liar”, according to the Australian Associated Press.
He also told the jury former Australian Women’s Weekly journalist Caroline Overington’s evidence was “just not to be believed” after she claimed Rebel gave false information about herself in a pre-interview.
Bauer’s lawyers have argued that the articles were “trivial” and unlikely to cause any real harm.