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Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins


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.

Wilson's lawyer says his client was devastated by a series of magazine articles the actress says painted her as a liar and subsequently cost her roles in Hollywood.

The hearing has been interspersed with quips from Wilson and clips from her movies, including a memorable a capella performance of Ace of Base's I Saw The Sign.

"It's not lucrative", she told the court.

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

"It should have been the high point of her career".

Hollywood movie star Rebel Wilson has rapped a hallucinated Oscar acceptance speech in court.

In a sometimes fiery first day in Melbourne Supreme Court, Wilson's barrister, Matthew Collins QC, said the hurt and damage Wilson received from articles portraying her as a serial liar had seen her "world collapse".

Wilson says the articles gutted her career, which was just starting to bloom.

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She said in the past two years, she has only had two roles - one in Absolutely Fabulous, which she did as a favour, and a stage role in London.

Ms Wilson is suing publisher Bauer Media over eight articles published by its magazines in 2015.

The court also heard about a stoush between Wilson and Bauer Media after a journalist contacted the star's 86-year-old grandmother and "tried to manipulate" the elderly woman to dish "dirt" on her granddaughter.

Her immediate family and actor Hugh Sheridan are all expected to give evidence during the three week trial. To which Justice John Dixon quipped from the bench "that's called a CUB".

The publisher owns magazines Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine.

Wilson told the jury she was on powerful drugs and had a premonition while in hospital.

Ms Wilson flashed her trademark smile and nearly looked the part in this new court drama.

She was so sick she felt like she'd contracted a "voodoo disease" and was disconnected from her body, the court heard.

"Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story". "I have no current job", she said.

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