Sorry, not you: Pitch Perfect's Rebel Wilson has 'blanket ban'
PITCH Perfect 3 star Rebel Wilson is in the midst of a massive Australian publicity blitz - but one outlet has received a 'blanket ban' on access to the star.
Fairfax Media, the publisher of newspapers Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, has been refused an interview with the Aussie actor during her Aussie junket, barred from covering the red carpet at the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere, and has even had staff invitations to attend the film screening cancelled.
Fairfax reports that while no official reason for the ban was given, Wilson is understood to be unhappy that a request she made to the company's CEO Greg Hywood in 2015 was later revealed during her much-publicised defamation trial against Bauer Media.
During the trial, Wilson admitted lobbying to wipe a 2002 online article published by Fairfax in a bid to keep her true age a mystery.
"This man, I was in a business relationship with, and he asked me to reach out if I ever needed anything," she said of her request to Hywood.
Wilson said she was keen to have the article removed so emailed Hywood to ask the favour.
While nobody employed by Fairfax testified during the trial, they did respond to a court order to supply Wilson's correspondence with Hywood.
"We are disappointed that Ms Wilson refuses to treat Fairfax journalists professionally," said a Fairfax Media spokesperson.
"Fairfax responded to a subpoena as part of legal proceedings she commenced. We were compelled by the court to do so."
Wilson was awarded Australia's highest-ever defamation payout in September, after successfully suing Bauer Media over a series of defamatory articles.
In a stunning decision, a Supreme Court judge claimed the extent of Wilson's defamation was "unprecedented" and warranted substantial damages - to the tune of more than $4.5 million.
It came after a jury found articles published in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly, New Weekly and OK! unfairly painted her as a serial liar who'd faked her way to Hollywood.
Wilson's Australian media charm offensive kicked off with an in-depth interview on Seven's Sunday Night over the weekend, and continued this morning with a live appearance on Sunrise. She and her Pitch Perfect 3 co-stars will walk the red carpet at the film's Australian premiere in Sydney tonight.