UPDATE: Hollywood star Rebel Wilson says she can’t wait to hit the witness box and tell her side of the story when she takes the stand in her Supreme Court defamation trial.
Special court arrangements will be put in place when the three-week trial begins on Monday, including reserving a room for the actor’s private use.
She has launched a defamation case against Bauer Media, publisher of Australian Women’s Weekly, Woman’s Day and OK! magazines.
She claims articles in those titles alleged she had lied about her age and background, which cost her prestigious roles in hit movies.
Wilson alleges one article — titled “Just who is the REAL Rebel?” — suggested she was a serial liar who “invented fantastic stories in order to make it in Hollywood”.
“I just think it’s really important that the truth comes out in this matter. I’m excited to get started,” she said outside court today.
“I would love to sit here and spend like three hours telling my side of the story because I haven’t been able to say anything, because of the legal proceedings,” she said.
“Unfortunately, the judge said I can’t say anything until I start giving my evidence on Monday, which is not that long to wait.”
The Pitch Perfect star says the stories at the centre of the lawsuit accused her of lying about her personal details, using a fake name and creating stories in order to succeed in Hollywood.
Wilson also claims that she was not contacted for comment before publication.
She claims the articles destroyed her reputation among producers and directors in Hollywood, costing her lucrative acting roles and effectively killing her career.
Lawyers for Wilson and Bauer Media today thrashed out a range of pre-trial issues ahead of Monday, when a jury will be empanelled.
Justice John Dixon said he anticipated Wilson’s case may attract “attention of the kind not normally seen” and said he would reserve seats in the court for the star, her supporters and press.
But fans who want to watch Wilson in her own live drama will have to get in early, with less than 40 seats in the small courtroom in which the trial will take place.
Ahead of the courtroom drama, Wilson said she was thrilled to be back home, where she will celebrate her grandfather’s 90th birthday this weekend.
“I’m going to have a great weekend before the trial starts on Monday catching up on all my favourite restaurants and stuff,” she said.
Wilson said she would sit through every day of the trial and had kept her diary free, not auditioning for any film roles.
The trial, which will be determined by a jury, is expected to last three weeks and include testimony from witnesses in Los Angeles and the UK.