Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Geoffrey Rush Is Now Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Geoffrey Rush Is Now Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

The Daily Telegraph's November 30 edition was released with the headline "King Leer" on its front page, an apparent reference to the fact that Rush has appeared in the STC's production of King Lear in the past couple of years.

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

"This has created irreparable damage to my reputation", he said.

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.

Rush's solicitor, Nicholas Pullen, stated that the court documents had only been filed with the Federal Court of Australia earlier today, and that this press conference would likely be the first anyone at the Daily Telegraph would've heard of them.

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The Daily Telegraph is now standing by its reporting, with editor Christopher Dore commenting, "The Daily Telegraph accurately reported the Sydney Theatre Company received a complaint alleging that Mr Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behaviour".

The situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts. The company did not disclose details of the allegation, saying the complainant asked that the allegation be dealt with confidentially and did not want Rush notified or involved in any investigation.

The actor is best known for his movie roles in Shine, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, The King's Speech and Shakespeare in Love.

The Daily Telegraph will defend its reporting.

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