Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Geoffrey Rush sues Australian paper for `inappropriate behaviour` claim

Geoffrey Rush sues Australian paper for `inappropriate behaviour` claim

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.

"'Today I have filed defamation proceeding against the Daily Telegraph in the Federal Court of Australia", the 66-year old Oscar victor told reporters.

The 66-year-old denied any wrongdoing after Sydney's Daily Telegraph ran a front-page story last month reporting that the Sydney Theatre Company received a complaint about him when he was working with them.

The first article airing claims that Rush behaved inappropriately during a 2015 production of King Lear was published by the Daily Telegraph on November 30.

"The Daily Telegraph has made false, pejorative and demeaning claims - splattering them with unrelenting bombast on their front pages".

The STC later released a statement saying "the complainant requested that the matter be dealt with confidentially, and did not want Mr Rush notified or involved in any investigation".

Apart from the "inappropriate behaviour" claim, no further information about the nature of the complaint or who made it was revealed.

The story forced Rush to step aside as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) ahead of its annual awards night on Wednesday at which many attendees supported him.

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

Rush said the "situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts".

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

The Daily Telegraph Editor Chris Dore said in a statement to Reuters that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp-run newspaper will defend itself.

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

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