Geoffrey Rush Suing Australian Paper After 'Inappropriate Behavior' Allegations

Geoffrey Rush Suing Australian Paper After 'Inappropriate Behavior' Allegations

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

"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".

"They have splashed spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front pages", the Oscar-winning actor said in a brief press conference in Melbourne.

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

The statement follows Rush denying allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" during a Sydney Theatre Company production of Shakespeare's King Lear.

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

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Rush has denied the allegations since the first article was published but the news conference on December 8 is the first time the actor has publically spoken on the issue. The STC provided the paper with a statement saying that a complaint had been made, but it did not detail the allegations, and said that the complainant had asked for the matter to be dealt with confidentially.

Rush fronted media for the first time since The Daily Tele ran the allegations, speaking from the building of his legal counsel.

There's no court date as yet, but we'll keep you posted. The theatre company said it complied "in the interest of the complainant's health and welfare".

Last week, Rush resigned as head of film industry body Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), which he had led for several years. He was absent from Wednesday's televised event in Sydney, where stars dodged questions from reporters about the allegations.

The veteran actor received acclaim for his breakthrough performance in the 1996 film Shine, which earnt him an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

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