Un­der fire Rush quits arts academy

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - JONATHON MORAN

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.

Ge­of­frey Rush

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