Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has returned to court in Melbourne, fighting an appeal by a magazine publisher ordered to pay her $4.5 million in defamation damages.
The 38-year-old Fat Pizza star sat in a packed Court of Appeal on Wednesday, accompanied by her mother Sue Bownds and represented by high-profile, $9000-a-day barrister Matthew Collins QC.
Bauer Media, which publishes Woman's Day and Australian Women's Weekly, defamed the actress in a series of articles in 2015 that painted her as a serial liar about her age, real name and childhood.
But the company insists the payout awarded was "manifestly excessive".
"There has been a denial of natural justice," Bauer's barrister Michael Wheelahan QC told the court, noting his client didn't want to challenge the defamation verdict.
Following a Supreme Court of Victoria trial last June, Justice John Dixon said Bauer Media wrongly damaged Wilson's "reputation as an actress of integrity".
He ordered them to pay her a record-breaking $4.5 million in damages - $650,000 in general damages and $3,917,472 in special damages.
Bauer is challenging the finding that the Hollywood star needed to be compensated for film roles - including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3 - which she said she was fired from following the publications.
It claims there's not enough evidence to prove the economic loss, and that Justice Dixon made the finding with "no adequate reasons (and) no analysis".
Mr Wheelahan argued Wilson's career earnings had been on an upwards "trajectory" with a few "speed bumps" along the way, but no evidence those bumps were caused by the articles.
He argued that in fact top Hollywood agent Peter Principato, an industry person "on the grapevine", hadn't even heard of the articles at the time.
Speaking outside court, Wilson said Hollywood had been well aware of her case.
"Taylor Swift just congratulated me the other day, at Ruby Rose's birthday party actually," she told reporters.
She said she was confident her team would successfully defend the appeal.
"(Bauer) maliciously defamed me and I'm here to hold them accountable for that."
Bauer is also fighting the finding that a large sum was required because of aggravating features including the contention it kept Wilson "worried all the way to verdict" during the trial.
Justice David Beach said he had "great difficulty" understanding how Bauer could justify the imputation Wilson was a serial liar.
"It looks like one of those cases - happy to wound but very afraid to strike," he said.
Wilson has previously said she plans to give the payout to charity and the Australian film industry.
The hearing before justices Beach, Pamela Tate and David Ashley continues on Thursday.