Geoffrey Rush to sue Daily Telegraph over 'irreparable damage'

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has filed defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph in response to misconduct allegations against him that were published over the past week.

The Daily Telegraph editor Chris Dore said they would be defending the newspaper's reporting in court.

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.

The Daily Telegraph reported the matter would go before the Federal Court in Sydney on February 8.

Mr Rush said Sydney's Daily Telegraph had caused "irreparable damage" to his reputation over reports it had published since 30 November.

The legal action comes just months after Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson won A$4.5 million (RM13.8 million) - the largest defamation payout in Australian history - after successfully suing Bauer Media.

"This situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts in Australia".

Rush later announced he was stepping down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) ahead of the academy's annual awards last week.

Comment was being sought from the Daily Telegraph.

The allegations against Rush date back to a 2015 Sydney Theatre Performance of King Lear.

Rush denied the allegations on that day, saying he had not been informed by the STC of the existence, or the nature, of the complaint.

Rush said in a statement to The Associated Press he was stepping down "effective immediately and until these issues have been resolved".

"Your "understanding" of what has occurred is, with the greatest respect, simply fishing and unfounded".

Mr Rush is one of Australia's most celebrated actors, having starred in films including Shine, Elizabeth and The King's Speech.

Rush also won an Emmy, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for the role.

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