Man behind Rebel’s cause

Rebel Wilson, with Richard Leder, right, answers media questions outside the court after winning her case in June. Pictures: AAP

Rebel Wilson, with Richard Leder, right, answers media questions outside the court after winning her case in June. Pictures: AAP

HIGH-profile Melbourne lawyer Richard Leder is no stranger to ­attention-grabbing cases involving the biggest names in the Australian media.

But when Hollywood actress ­Rebel Wilson hired him in her fight to clear her name after an Aust­ralian gossip magazine accused her of lying about her upbringing and age, Leder found himself at the centre of a case that turned heads around the world.

Leder, a partner with the national firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, has represented Sunraysia Daily for about 30 years, the Mildura newspaper being one of his longest-standing clients.

His highest-profile client however, must be the Hollywood super­star Wilson, who decided to take action after gossip magazine publisher Bauer Media insinuated in a series of articles she had lied about her age and her upbringing.

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