Actor Geoffrey Rush Sues The Daily Telegraph For Publishing "Inappropriate Behaviour" Allegation

Actor Geoffrey Rush Sues The Daily Telegraph For Publishing

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has launched defamation proceedings against the Daily Telegraph newspaper following allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" in the Federal Court of Australia.

"It is an action I am taking in order to address the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community".

On Friday, Rush said the Daily Telegraph had made "false, pejorative and demeaning claims - splattering them with unrelenting bombast on its front pages".

An article in the News Corp Australia tabloid alleged Rush had been accused of inappropriate behaviour relating to his time with the Sydney Theatre Company for its acclaimed production of King Lear between November 2015 and January 2016.

The company did not say what action it had taken in response to the complaint or whether they would work with Rush in the future.

His lawyer Nicholas Pullen, of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, said the proceedings were only filed on Friday. "It is unreasonable that my professional colleagues should be somehow associated with such allegations".

There's no court date as yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Mr Rush's lawyer said his client wanted to have this matter heard as quickly as possible and the actor would be seeking damages.

Comment was being sought from the Daily Telegraph.

Soon after the allegations were reported, Rush stepped down as the president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, just days before the organisation's seventh ceremony.

When asked about the claims being leveled against Rush, Australian actress Rachel Griffiths said the actor "is not Harvey Weinstein" - referencing the Hollywood mogul who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Camera IconGeoffrey Rush at the Los Angeles premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The publisher has since said it would appeal the payout as the "unprecedented" amount had major implications for the media industry.

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