Under fire Rush quits arts academy
ACADEMY Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush yesterday stood down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema, Television and Arts in the wake of allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” levelled against him by a female costar.
Rush will no longer attend the annual AACTA Awards in Sydney on Wednesday and producers of the live television broadcast have scrapped a video introduction to the night that he filmed with Rebel Wilson last week.
“AACTA acknowledges the decision today of Geoffrey Rush to voluntarily step aside as president of AACTA and accepts and respects his decision to do so,” AACTA said in a statement.
“We have been deeply concerned about the situation.”
The allegations against Rush, which he has repeatedly denied, caused a major shakeup of the AACTA board.
Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh has notified the board of his resignation. Foxtel and Channel 7 are the broadcast partners of the event and are understood to have contacted AACTA on Friday with concerns about Rush’s position as well as his participation in the ceremony.