Actress Rebel Wilson fronts court claiming women's magazines ruined her reputation

 

Aussie actress Rebel Wilson appeared in a Melbourne court today for a directions hearing ahead of a her defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media.

The Pitch Perfect star told reporters outside the Melbourne Supreme Court she was looking forward to finally telling her side of the story, as she had been silenced with the matter before the courts.

She said it would likely take a few days for her to give evidence, when the trial commenced next Monday.

Rebel Wilson outside Melbourne court today. Picture: 7 News

"It's really important that the truth comes out in this matter, and I'm excited to get started on it, finally," she told reporters today.

The actor is suing the magazine publisher for defamation, over articles she claims portray her as a "serial liar".

It's alleged a 2015 spread in Woman's Day claims Wilson lied about her name, age and upbringing, with similar articles also printed in sister publications OK Magazine and The Women's Weekly.

Wilson is claiming defamatory magazine articles cost her roles in Hollywood and tarnished her reputation.

Bauer's legal team alleges the star told lies by adding a touch of fantasy, in order to make it in Hollywood.

A writ filed in the Supreme Court states Wilson was "gravely injured in her feelings, credit and reputation".

She claims the alleged damage has cost her lucrative movie roles and the star is now seeking compensation.

While Wilson couldn't comment specifically, she said she's certainly up for the fight and looking forward to taking the stand on Monday.

The court will hear from a string of witnesses, many giving evidence from the US.

Back in Melbourne, where the actress used to live, Rebel said "it was so good to be here" and was looking forward to celebrating her grandfather's 90th birthday this weekend.

A jury will be empaneled on Monday, with the trial expected to run for 15 days.

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