'Grubby articles' rocked my career, Rebel Wilson tells court

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The defamation trial for "Australian success story" and Hollywood movie star Rebel Wilson will hear from a number of witnesses including her mother and siblings, her Australian and United States agents, and an old school friend from her childhood in Sydney.

Collins told the jury about Wilson's working-class Sydney childhood and the hardships she had faced in making it in Hollywood, years after she had a dream about winning an Oscar while sick with malaria.

Details from Rebel Wilson's defamation case against Bauer Media are starting to filter out as the Supreme Court of Victoria proceeds in this week.

The articles said Rebel had lied about her name, age and upbringing in Australia.

She hit out at the articles at the centre of the lawsuit, saying they killed her career.

The Californian resident told the court she had been born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, but that her mother had wanted to name her after a little girl called Rebel that sang at their wedding.

"These articles were a deliberate malicious take-down of me that accused me of being a serial liar", she said.

"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.

In the two years since the articles were published, she has had only two roles - one a cameo in the Absolutely Fabulous movie, which she did as a favour, and a stage role in London.

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Wilson is seeking unspecified damages from the publisher.

Three days before publishing the article at the centre of the trial, Woman's Day editor-in-chief Fiona Connolly voiced concerns about it.

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

Georgina Schoff, QC, for Bauer Media, said the company would rely on four main points of defence, including that the articles were substantially true.

Wilson will begin testifying on Tuesday, when the trial, before Justice John Dixon, continues.

It was also claimed Wilson told Overington that her aunt was married to Walt Disney and gave her special access to the entertainment park as a child.

The story Woman's Day "tore down Rebel to sell magazines" first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Pitch Perfect star is not happy with how she was portrayed by a few magazine articles. "I have no current job", she said.

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