Rebel Wilson tells court Australian articles hurt her career

Wilson told the court today her age was 37, and confirmed she was born Melanie Bownds, which she later legally changed to Rebel Wilson.

The publisher owns magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine.

Following a jury empanelment on Monday morning in Melbourne, opening addresses by Wilson's lawyer and the counsel for Bauer Media are expected to start at 2.15 pm Australian time (4.15pm NZ time).

Wilson, star of Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, is suing publisher Bauer Media for defamation over a series of articles that appeared in Woman's Day in May 2015.

The Supreme Court of Victoria heard on Monday that Wilson was "cut to the core" when she discovered 1.5 million people had read an online article alleging she'd lied about her age, name and childhood to further her acting career.

As the gallery watched an a capella group harmonising Ace of Bass's I Saw The Sign, it was hard to believe they were in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

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

She denied claims from Bauer's defence that the articles, which she says portrayed her as a serial liar and a fake, were light-hearted in tone and had no serious effect on her.

"There's many aspects to being a bogan", she said.

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They will also argue that the articles published were largely true, calling into question some of the things Ms Wilson had said to other media outlets in the past.

The trial may last as long as three weeks.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me", Wilson said.

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.

He also said she had been fired from several roles, began taking sleeping tablets and developed a stress rash on her arms and around her mouth because of the stories.

She was so sick she felt like she'd contracted a "voodoo disease" and was disconnected from her body, the court heard. Rebel Wilson at a dog show.

She told the court Wilson had told Overington her auntie had been married to Walt Disney, giving her open access to Disneyland as a child.

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

  • Toni Ryan