IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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They related to a report 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 said the newspaper portrayed him as a pervert and sexual predator.
The newspaper argued that the articles were substantially true after Norvill — who didn’t participate in them — agreed to give evidence.
She testified Rush made groping gestures and sexual innuendoes toward her in rehearsals, stroked her lower back backstage and deliberately touched her breast as he grieved over her character’s dead body during a performance.
Referring to past and future economic losses, McClintock said, “What they did to my client has disabled him from working.”
“It does not take much of a taint to destroy a career,” he said.
Lawyer Tom Blackburn for the newspaper and Moran said Rush did not give any evidence of being incapable of working, or of not receiving any offers.
Rush won the best actor Oscar in 1996 for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in “Shine” and was nominated for roles in “Shakespeare in Love,” “Quills” and “The King’s Speech.” He is also famed for his portrayal of Captain Barbossa in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
Geoffrey Rush poses with his ‘Berlinale Camera Award’ wich he received prior to the screening of the film ‘Final Portrait’ at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin.