Rush might ‘never work again,’ lawyer says

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - 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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