Rush might ‘never work again,’ lawyer says

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Syd­Ney, aus­tralia — aus­tralian ac­tor Ge­of­frey rush, who is claim­ing mil­lions of dol­lars in defama­tion dam­ages over a news­pa­per re­port he be­haved in­ap­pro­pri­ately to­ward a fe­male co-star, might never work again, his lawyer told a court Fri­day.

Wrap­ping up rush’s case against Syd­ney’s daily tele­graph news­pa­per and jour­nal­ist Jonathan mo­ran, lawyer bruce mcClin­tock said “there is a sig­nif­i­cant risk that mr. rush will not work again.”

in sub­mis­sions for dam­ages at the end of the three-week hear­ing in Syd­ney’s Fed­eral Court, mcClin­tock said the os­car-win­ning ac­tor’s phone may not ring with job of­fers and he may never be able to re­gain his con­fi­dence and de­sire to work.

the high-pro­file non-jury trial ended on Fri­day, when Judge michael Wigney said he would “love to start writ­ing his judg­ment to­mor­row” but that his work­load would pre­vent him from de­liv­er­ing the de­ci­sion this year. rush sued Na­tion­wide News, and mo­ran over con­tent pub­lished in 2017 re­lated to a re­port he be­haved in­ap­pro­pri­ately to­ward a co-star in 2015 and 2016. rush de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and said the news­pa­per por­trayed him as a per­vert and sex­ual preda­tor.

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