Rush ‘at risk of no work’
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