Rebel Wilson gives evidence in Vic court

Rebel Wilson speaks to the media outside the Victoria Supreme Court on 19 May

Australian Hollywood star Rebel Wilson has described herself "endearingly" as a "bogan", while speaking of growing up as a junior dog handler and a hallucination which sparked her acting career, as she gives evidence for the first time in her defamation trial against a magazine publisher.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rebel Wilson was devastated by a series of magazine articles that she says painted her as a liar and subsequently cost her roles in Hollywood, a lawyer for the actress said Monday.

The hearing has been interspersed with quips from Wilson and clips from her movies, including a memorable a capella performance of Ace of Base's I Saw The Sign.

However, Bauer is standing by the articles saying they are true and, in any case, the allegations were "trivial" and unlikely to cause Wilson any harm to her career or financially.

"It should have been the high point of her career".

Rebel Wilson leaving court on 19 May.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me", the actress testified.

"I just think it's really important the truth comes out in this matter and I'm really excited to get started with it finally", she said.


Rebel, known for her work in comedies such as Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, said she has only had two roles since the articles were published, one for the film Absolutely Fabulous and the other a stage role in London.

According to courtroom reports, Wilson is saying that she was sacked from at least two movies and has been unable to find work since Bauer's campaign of eight articles was published back in 2015. The publisher's lawyer, Georgina Schoff, claimed that the pieces were factual and explained, "They weren't nasty articles".

She told reporters she had not been able to audition for movies because of her pending trial.

Both parties are due back in court today and the case is expected to run for the next three weeks.

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.

The articles appeared in magazines including Woman's Day and the Australian Women's Weekly.

As the court adjourned for lunch, Ms Wilson could be heard commenting to her solicitor about the courage it might have taken the only two jurors who asked to be excused.

Wilson returned to Australia and made a decision to become an actress after finishing an arts-law degree at the University of New South Wales. "I have no current job", she said.

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