An Australian court on Thursday slashed a record libel payout for actress Rebel Wilson, saying there was insufficient evidence a series of magazine articles published by Bauer Media prevented her from getting lucrative roles in Hollywood. Which means Wilson's lawyers are heading back to court on Thursday when the decision on that damages appeal is handed down - and they're going without Wilson, because hey, she's in Prague, remember?
The actress is now filming in Europe, and ahead of the decision, took to Twitter last night to say that regardless of the level of payout, she had won the case.
The suit was over a number articles, published in 2015, which made Wilson out to be a serial liar. Wilson was not present in court for the ruling.
Bauer successfully challenged the finding that Wilson should be compensated for film roles, including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda 3, which she testified she had lost following the articles' publication.
A court had ordered Bauer to pay her A$4.5m (£2.7m; $3.6m) - a record for an Australian defamation case.
But today's appeal decision sets aside the special damages payout for economic loss and also cuts $50,000 off the general damages, concluding that "there was no basis in the evidence for making any award of damages for economic loss".
Rebel Wilson was awarded the damages and compensation in the Victorian Supreme Court, with Justice John Dixon arguing the amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged".
Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, General Counsel, Adrian Goss, said in a statement: "It was important for us to revisit the award of damages".
The Bridesmaids actor took to Twitter and wrote, "I'm away on location in Europe filming right now".
But regardless of how much in damages she's awarded, Wilson said she still considers herself a victor.
"This case was never about the money for me".