Rush lawyer ac­cuses ac­tress of telling ‘lies’

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - VOODOO MEDICS - MATTHEW BENNS AND LUCY HUGHES JONES

GE­OF­FREY Rush’s lawyer has ac­cused an ac­tor who made sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions of “mak­ing it up”.

The Hol­ly­wood ac­tor is su­ing the news­pa­per over a se­ries of 2017 ar­ti­cles which re- ported that his King Lear costar had lodged a com­plaint with the Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany over al­leged “in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour.”

The ac­tor was later named as Eryn Jean Norvill. In her clos­ing sub­mis­sion Mr Rush’s bar­ris­ter claimed the Ms Norvill’s “al­leged dis­tress” was fab­ri­cated and self-serv­ing.

“She told a lot of lies to Your Hon­our,” Sue Chrysan­thou told Jus­tice Michael Wigney.

Ms Chrysan­thou said Ms Norvill’s claims must be weighed against “the sea of ab­sent wit­nesses” and her own ev­i­dence which was “rife with con­tra­dic­tions, in­con­sis­ten­cies and re­cent in­ven­tions.”

The news­pa­per’s lawyer Tom Black­burn SC in his clos­ing ad­dress de­scribed Ms Norvill as an hon­est wit­ness who had noth­ing to to gain from com­ing for­ward. Ms Norvill played Mr Rush’s daugh­ter Cordelia in the pro­duc­tion and said she felt “trapped” as he “slowly” and “de­lib­er­ately” ran his fin­gers over her right breast as she played dead on stage.

Mr Rush de­nies any wrong­do­ing and claims two front page ar­ti­cles in the news­pa­per about the al­leged in­ci­dent painted him as a “pervert” and “sex­ual preda­tor”.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

Ge­of­frey Rush en­ters court.

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