Geoffrey Rush asks for millions as trial ends
“I heard it over the comms that we had a prior 1 casualty and we were off,” said Tieche.
“As soon as I peeled around the back of vehicle we had some small arms fire.
“It was all go. I remember thinking ‘wow this is such a movie scene in itself’.”
Isolated in the desert, the platoon could rely only on the equipment they had carried. Tieche used an antenna shot off a damaged vehicles as a splint for Elliott’s legs.
Despite his wounds, Elliott still had his mind on the enemy. “I managed to pull out my pistol and shoot off a few rounds … while I was being treated,” he said. It would be the last time Elliott fired his gun in combat.
Elliott was extracted to a “safe ACTOR Geoffrey Rush is seeking millions of dollars in damages for defamation over the publication of allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the theatre.
Lawyers for Mr Rush told The Federal Court that the zone” where Tieche gave him intravenous fluids, checked his morphine and monitored his vital signs while they waited for an evacuation helicopter.
“Jody was very confident and relaxed — just your typical surfie, nothing would really worry him,” said Elliott. “He’s perfect as a medic.
“Jody’s treatment of me was perfect. If it wasn’t good I’d be dead right now.”
A US Blackhawk evacuated Elliott to the multinational base at Tarin Kowt, where American surgeons stabilised him before he was transferred
to Kandahar for further actor had been unable to work since the allegations were published in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph at the end of last year.
But the newspaper’s barrister, Tom Blackburn, SC, said Mr Rush had failed to provide any proof that offers of work had dried up or that he was unable to work. treatment, including removing shrapnel. He was then flown to Germany, where surgeons inserted a titanium rod to hold his hip and femur together, and finally home to Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital.
It was six weeks before he walked again and six months before he redeployed.
“I was pretty keen to get back there. I’d done all of my rehab, my training and I’d been passed to deploy,” he said. “It wasn’t until I got over there that it really hit me. My body wasn’t quite up for it yet … but also mentally getting back out there was very hard.”
As Elliott was about to pass out of the gate at Tarin Kowt for his platoon’s first “gig” of the trip, he realised he “couldn’t do it”.
“It was extremely hard to leave the guys … it’s pretty much another family so to see them go out and go my separate way was very hard for me,” he said.
“That was the hardest decision of my life.”
Despite his injuries, Elliott has no regrets.
“I don’t think I’d change what happened,” he said. “It was a lifechanging
Mr Blackburn said Mr Rush had “been carefully and deliberately silent about the number of offers” he had received from Hollywood film makers.
His Hollywood agent had also “very carefully” avoided revealing how many offers had been received.
Mr Rush, 67, is suing The event, character building, something that I’ll never forget. It’s changed me for the better.”
Elliott and Tieche were already firm friends, having trained together and finding they shared a love of surfing and ‘screamo’ bands. But a lifelong bond was formed in the dirt that day 11 years ago.
“He’s the person who saved my life,” Elliott said. “It’s a pretty special thing. Not many people would have that. Although we don’t travel and see each other we’ll always be friends. That will stay forever.” Daily Telegraph over articles which reported that a young actor had lodged a complaint with the Sydney Theatre Company over his alleged “inappropriate behaviour.”
The actor was later named as Eryn Jean Norvill, 34, Rush’s co-star in the play Shakespeare play King Lear. Cpl Jody Tieche works on Pvt Chad Elliott during an ambush (main picture). The medic (bottom right) and commando (bottom left) were attached to 4RAR.
PRIVATE CHAD ELLIOTT
Elliott, 36, was fast tracked into special forces after joining 4RAR (Cdo) via a direct recruiting scheme in 2004. Went to Afghanistan three times and was seriously wounded when he was shot in the femur on his second trip in 2007.
CORPORAL JODY TIECHE
UK-born but Perth raised, Tieche, 34, joined the ADF in 2002 before being posted to 4RAR (Cdo). Deployed as a medic to Afghanistan twice and saved Elliott’s life on his first tour.
CORPORAL MARK DONALDSON VC
The boy from Dorrigo who became one of Australia’s most decorated veterans when he received the first Victoria Cross to be awarded since Vietnam. The 39-yearold worked closely with Voodoo Medics and was treated by them during numerous Afghan tours.
CORPORAL JEREMY HOLDER MG
Holder, 34, joined the army as a medic in 2002 and was posted to 4RAR (Cdo). Went to Afghanistan in 2006 and later received a Medal of Gallantry for saving six commandos and an interpreter during Operation Perth. Treated hundreds of casualties during that trip including many Afghan civilians.
MAJOR DAN PRONK
An doctor who completed SAS selection, Pronk went to Afghanistan four times 2009-13. Awarded a CDS in 2012. Accompanied special forces operators on more than 100 combat missions.
MAJOR BRAM CONNOLLY DSM
Mr Rush denies the allegations.
Mr Rush’s barrister Bruce McClintock told The Federal Court his client earned an average of $128,006 a month.
The trial has now ended. Justice Wigney has reserved his decision to a date to be determined “early next year”. A 20-year army veteran, Connolly, 44, received the Distinguished Service Medal for leadership in combat in Afghanistan. Was platoon commander during the infamous battle of Zabat Kalay.
Geoffrey Rush arrives at court.