Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

"The Daily Telegraph accurately reported the Sydney Theatre Company received a complaint alleging that Mr Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behaviour", he said.

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush speaks to the media during a press conference in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Dec. 8, 2017.

Rush has performed at the Sydney Theatre Company for 35 years.

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

He said the claims had "created irreparable damage" and was "extremely hurtful" to his family and colleagues in the industry.

Rush has denied all allegations against him, which date back to a Sydney Theatre Performance of King Lear from 2015. The company has released no details of the complaint other than to say the allegation involved "inappropriate behavior" while Rush was an employee and was not raised until after he had left.

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"The situation is intolerable and I must seek vindication of my good name through the courts", Geoffrey continued.

The claims were printed in Australia's The Daily Telegraph newspaper, with a STV spokesperson telling the publication that Rush's alleged misconduct reportedly took place over a time period of several months.

The anonymous person also made a complaint to the STC but insisted it remain confidential and that Rush was not notified of it.

Chris Dore, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, said they would be defending the newspaper's reporting in court, reported the ABC.

Rush stepped down from his role as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts on Saturday in the wake of the report. Australian show business identities have come to his defense, including fellow Australian actor Rachel Griffiths.

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

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