Toni Collette's long legal battle is over

AUSTRALIAN actress Toni Collette has successfully reduced her damage bill over a multi-million dollar Sydney property she bought then claimed she did not "have the finances" to buy.

Ms Collette and her husband David Galafassi had agreed to pay $6.35million for a terrace at Paddington in 2011 but months after agreeing to the deal, the couple wrote to owner - Industrie Clothing founder Susan Kelly - explained they could not afford her "beautiful house" and pleaded with the case to be settled "less publicly" for the sake of both their families.

Instead, the case turned into one of the longest-running legal battles over a private property in the state's history, the Herald reported.

While the couple will still have to pay almost $1million in the end, the NSW Court of Appeal struck out the original pay out of $814,907 and reduced the amount to $602,500.

They will also pay 65% of Ms Kelly's legal costs.

The house in question eventually sold to an accountant for $5.5million.


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