Rush ‘at risk of no work’

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

OS­CAR win­ner Ge­of­frey Rush, who is claim­ing mil­lions of dol­lars in dam­ages in his defama­tion case, may never work again, his lawyer has told a Syd­ney judge.

“There is a sig­nif­i­cant risk that Mr Rush will not work again,” Bruce McClin­tock QC said in his sub­mis­sions on the amount of dam­ages to be awarded if the ac­tor wins his Fed­eral Court law­suit.

The ac­tor’s phone may not ring with job of­fers and he may never be able to re­gain his con­fi­dence and de­sire to work again, the bar­ris­ter said.

A three-week hear­ing of the high-pro­file case ended yes­ter­day with Jus­tice Michael Wigney say­ing he would “love to start writ­ing his judg­ment to­mor­row” but his work­load pre­cluded him de­liv­er­ing the de­ci­sion this year.

Rush, 67, sued The Daily Tele­graph pub­lisher Na­tion­wide News and jour­nal­ist Jonathon Mo­ran over two ar­ti­cles and a news­pa­per poster pub­lished in 2017.

They re­lated to a claim he be­haved in­ap­pro­pri­ately to­ward a co-star — later re­vealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill — dur­ing a Syd­ney The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion of King Lear in 2015 and 2016.

Rush de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and says the Tele­graph por­trayed him as a per­vert and sex­ual preda­tor.

The news­pa­per de­nied those mean­ings were con­veyed but ar­gued they were sub­stan­tially true.

Norvill tes­ti­fied that Rush made grop­ing ges­tures and sex­ual in­nu­endo to­wards her in re­hearsals, stroked her lower back back­stage and de­lib­er­ately touched her breast dur­ing a per­for­mance. AAP

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