A judge awarded Rebel Wilson record damages of 4.56 million Australian dollars ($3.66 million) on Wednesday over magazine articles the actress said cost her roles in Hollywood films.
A Supreme Court jury in Australia's Victoria state had decided in June the articles claiming she lied about her age, origins of her first name and her upbringing in Sydney were defamatory. Justice John Dixon said a substantial award amount was required to "vindicate" Wilson after her reputation as an "actress of integrity was wrongly damaged."
Bauer Media, publisher of the Australian magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, NW and OK, said it was considering the judgment. It had branded that damage claim "extraordinarily large" and made on the "most tenuous of basis."
The 37-year-old Wilson, best known for the comedies "Pitch Perfect" and "Bridesmaids," was in London on Wednesday and her lawyers were unable to immediately talk to her. Her lawyer Richard Leder said the damages were about four times higher than the previous Australian record for a defamation case.
Danez Smith on long list for poetry
"Don't Call Us Dead," a collection of poetry by Twin Cities poet Danez Smith and published by Graywolf Press in Minneapolis, is on the National Book Awards long list for poetry, which was announced Wednesday. Two other Graywolf books — "Whereas," by Layli Long Soldier, and "Afterland," by Mai Der Vang — also made the list. The list for children's literature was announced Tuesday and nonfiction and fiction will be announced Thursday and Friday.
Here are others on the long list for poetry:
Frank Bidart, "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux /Macmillan); Chen Chen, "When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities" (BOA Editions Ltd.); Leslie Harrison, "The Book of Endings" (University of Akron Press); Marie Howe, "Magdalene: Poems" (W.W. Norton & Co.); Laura Kasischke, "Where Now: New and Selected Poems" (Copper Canyon Press); Shane McCrae, "In the Language of My Captor" (Wesleyan University Press); Sherod Santos, "Square Inch Hours" (W.W. Norton & Co.). The finalists will be announced Oct. 4 and the winners Nov. 15.
Arrested: The 21-year-old son of actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is accused of holding his roommate at knife point at their apartment in suburban Phoenix. Tempe police say Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is the youngest son of Van Damme, who is known for his martial arts action films.