Rush might ‘never work again,’ lawyer says

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKY FULL OF STARS -

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 3-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.

Rush sued the Daily Tele­graph’s pub­lisher, Na­tion­wide News, and Mo­ran over two ar­ti­cles and a news­pa­per poster pub­lished in 2017. 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.”

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