Geoffrey Rush sues newspaper over 'spurious' claims

08 December, 2017, 09:06 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Geoffrey Rush is suing over sexual misconduct allegations

Geoffrey Rush has launched a defamation lawsuit against the Daily Telegraph newspaper over allegations of inappropriate conduct.

The stories accused rush of misconduct during his time at the Sydney Theatre Company during a production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016.

Following last week's reports of the incident, The Sydney Theatre Company confirmed it received a complaint but would not disclose details of the allegations. Rush asserted that the situation was "intolerable" and that the paper had made "false, pejorative, and demeaning claims" against him.

The Oscar victor today announced that he would take action in the Federal Court against the Daily Telegraph, which published the story.

Mr Rush said the newspaper, published by News Corp Australia, had "splashed spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front page".

The allegations have come after a string of high profile sexual abuse complaints against entertainment industry heavyweights such as Harvey Weinstien, Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer.

Rush did not take questions from the media.

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Mr Rush said his wife, daughter and son had also been hurt by the allegations.

Telegraph editor Chris Dore was quick to respond to news of the legal action.

"We don't have our have a trial date yet, this has only been set up this afternoon".

On 2 December Rush announced he had stepped down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts due to the allegations in order to protect his colleagues from being associated with the allegations.

The Australian actor is a stalwart of Australian theatre, won the 1997 best actor Academy Award for Shine, and has three other Oscar nominations.

Rush is one of Australia's most respected exports, starring in acclaimed films like Shakespeare in Love , Elizabeth and The King's Speech.

Earlier this week, the ABC's Media Watch suggested that the Telegraph may have left itself open to defamation proceedings by running a front page story based on a single, unspecified complaint.

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