Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

He accused the publication of making "false, pejorative and demeaning claims" which has made "irreparable damage" to his reputation.

Rush's lawyer Nicholas Pullen has called a press conference for 3pm (AEDT) on Friday at the offices of HWL Ebsworth in Melbourne where he is a partner, stating that Mr Rush will be present.

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

"At the time the complaint was made, the complainant requested that the matter be dealt with confidentially, and did not want Mr Rush notified or involved in any investigation", a statement read.

Geoffrey Rush makes his first media appearance since the claims.

The story was picked up by media outlets worldwide, and shortly afterwards Rush stepped down as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, saying in a statement that "certain recent media reports have made untenable allegations concerning my standing in the entertainment community". He was absent from Wednesday's televised event in Sydney, where stars dodged questions from reporters about the allegations.

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

Academy award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush today filed defamation proceedings against a News Corp newspaper in Australia over a story claiming he engaged in "inappropriate behaviour" at a Sydney theatre.

Comment was being sought from the Daily Telegraph.

Daily Telegraph editor Chris Dore said: "We will defend our position in court".

"This is an action against only the Daily Telegraph", he said.

Rush's film credits include "Shine", "The King's Speech" and "Pirates of the Caribbean".

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