Geoffrey Rush virtually housebound after allegations, lawyer says

Geoffrey Rush virtually housebound after allegations, lawyer says

The Shine and The King's Speech star is suing Sydney's Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathan Moran for defamation over articles that said he was suspected of inappropriate behavior towards a fellow performer during the production of a Sydney Theatre Company version of King Lear in 2015.

Rush, 66, is suing the Australian Daily Telegraph newspaper, which dubbed him "King Leer" in a front-page headline.

Rush called the allegations in the article "spurious claims with bombastic titles" that made him seem like a "pervert" and a "sexual predator" who had "committed sexual assault". It submits that no allegations of a sexual nature were made.

Geoffrey Rush's lawyer has said that the actor has become "virtually housebound" and has lost his appetite since an Australian newspaper claimed that he had behaved inappropriately toward a female colleague during a theatre production.

Not long ago, Deadline reported that Tony victor Geoffrey Rush filed defamation proceedings in Australia's federal court against The Daily Telegraph.

The Sydney Theatre Company may soon be pulled into the case as another defendant for its role in handing over the information to the newspaper.

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"In this current environment, "inappropriate behaviour" may mean abuse, bullying or other forms of reprehensible activity", Rush said in a statement at the time, adding that he had "not been approached by the Sydney Theatre Company and the alleged complainant nor any representative of either of them concerning the matter".

Chrysanthou said the respondents hadn't given an explanation as to why they were now naming a previously confidential source from the STC in an amended defence document and in the cross-claim application.

Rush has denied the allegation.

She suggested that they had changed their position so they could use the source's position to sue his employer.

Rush - who has performed in the STC for 35 years - has already completed work on his next film, an adaption of the beloved book Storm Boy, which is due for release later this year.

Justice Wigney said it was likely that the trial would be heard in December.

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