Documents shown to the jury reveal the article's author, Shari Nementzik, and the magazine's editor-in-chief, Fiona Connolly, had expressed concerns about being sued over it.
"Everyone was saying that Rebel was a liar, the grapevine went beserk".
"Rebel Wilson is an Australian success story, she is an extraordinary talent", Dr Collins said.
Hollywood comic film star Rebel Wilson has told a Melbourne court of a hallucination she had about winning an Oscar while she was struck down with malaria.
Real Rebel worked to suppress her own grin.
The 37-year-old said while in her "gap year" after secondary school, she lived in South Africa where she became seriously ill. It was a crisis.
"She had never been hit with such nastiness, timed for the high point of her career", he said. She should have been going from meeting to meeting to discuss future roles. "But her success is the result of nearly two decades of very hard work", Dr Collins said. "There could be no other explanation", he said.
The Fat Pizza and Pitch Perfect star tearfully recounted the "nasty" articles published by Bauer Media that she claims damaged her career.
Bauer Media then threatened to take legal action.
The trial is expected to run for several weeks.
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 a case of how this publisher refused to let facts get in the way of a good story".
Wilson said she was born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, but that her mother had wanted to name her after a little girl called Rebel who sang at her wedding.
It would also argue the articles were not likely to cause harm to Wilson.
Wilson returned to Australia and made a decision to become an actress after finishing an arts-law degree at the University of New South Wales.
Sitting behind the Hollywood actor in the front row of the Supreme Court, the bespectacled man's attention barely shifted from the pages of his crumpled book. Here was young Rebel Wilson in a white dress.
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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.
Justice John Dixon told the panel of 35 potential jurors, that it was their role to remain impartial.
"My mum's obsessed with dogs", Wilson said.
He likely stood no chance to serve on this case, but might have been glad not to.
She was so sick she felt like she'd contracted a "voodoo disease" and was disconnected from her body, the court heard. "I have no current job", she said.