Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Geoffrey Rush Is Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has announced that he's suing Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph over stories it published about him.

The Oscar victor today announced that he would take action in the Federal Court against the Daily Telegraph, which published the story.

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

"They have splashed spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front pages", he told reporters at the press conference.

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

Rush said the "situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts". He said he had not been informed of the nature of the complaint by the complainant or the theatre company, either at the time the complaint was made or since.

Geoffrey Rush has launched defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph after the News Corp masthead published a story about "inappropriate behaviour" allegations made against him.

The company did not say what action it had taken in response to the complaint or whether they would work with Rush in the future.

Rush's lawyer Nicholas Pullen did not specify the damages Rush is seeking.

Rush resigned as AACTA president following the claims.

There's no court date as yet, but we'll keep you posted.

The Daily Telegraph's editor Chris Dore said they would defend themselves in court over the matter.

When asked about the claims being leveled against Rush, Australian actress Rachel Griffiths said the actor "is not Harvey Weinstein" - referencing the Hollywood mogul who faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Australian actor is a stalwart of Australian theatre, won the 1997 best actor Academy Award for Shine, and has three other Oscar nominations.

The Daily Telegraph has yet to issue comment on the legal proceedings.

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