Rebel Wilson Plans High Court Appeal Over Defamation Case

The move comes after Wilson's landmark defamation payment was cut from $4.5 million to just $600,000.

Actress Rebel Wilson will attempt to take her defamation case against Bauer Media to the High Court.

Wilson's lawyers have applied for special damages leave to appeal to the High Court after Wilson's landmark defamation payment was cut from $4.5 million to just $600,000 last month.

The money was to act as compensation for the earnings she claimed to have lost after a series of defamatory articles were published in magazines including Woman's Day in 2015.

Wilson plans to take her case to the high court. Image: Getty Images.

It took until 2017 for Bauer to be ordered to pay the $4.5 million to Wilson, which is the highest defamation payment to be ordered in Australian history.

Eventually Bauer appealed the decision, saying it set an unfair precedent for future defamation cases. The Court of Appeals upheld Bauer's call and ordered Wilson to pay back the sum.

It's that final decision that Wilson is now fighting.

Bauer Media has 21 days to file a response which will be considered by two judges of the High Court sitting in Melbourne.