Geoffrey Rush: Actor wins largest ever defamation payout in Australia

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Geoffrey Rush had been accused of performing inappropriately in direction of a former co-star

Actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded the most important ever defamation payout to a single individual in Australia.

The Oscar-winner was final month awarded A$2.9m (£1.57m; US$1.99m) after profitable the case in opposition to Nationwide Information, which publishes Australia’s Every day Telegraph.

The Sydney newspaper had printed tales accusing him of behaving inappropriately in direction of former co-star Eryn Jean Norvill.

Choose Michael Wigney discovered that Ms Norvill was “susceptible to exaggeration”.

Mr Rush has sought an injunction to forestall the Telegraph re-publishing accusations on the coronary heart of the case.

Nationwide Information has appealed in opposition to an preliminary ruling within the case.

The accusations detailed within the Telegraph article “King Leer” date again to a 2015 theatre manufacturing of King Lear during which Mr Rush acted alongside Ms Norvill.

Mr Rush was awarded $850,000 basically and aggravated damages plus greater than $1m for previous financial loss, $919,678 in future financial loss and $42,000 in curiosity, the Australian Broadcasting Company stories.

He was initially in search of greater than $25m in damages.

The choose referred to as the reporting a “recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism of … the very worst variety”, The Sydney Morning Herald stories.

Mr Rush’s barrister, Sue Chrysanthou, stated the Telegraph had proven a “full lack of impartiality and lack of business sense”.

Tom Blackburn, barrister for the newspaper, stated Mr Rush was “making an attempt to close down any criticism of the judgment” and that the injunction on re-publishing allegations might have a chilling impact on protection of the #MeToo motion.

Actress Yael Stone additionally accused Mr Rush of behaving inappropriately in direction of her, an allegation he denies.

The Telegraph had pushed to have Ms Stone’s allegations admitted as proof, nevertheless the choose blocked the transfer on the grounds it might have led to prejudice in opposition to Mr Rush.

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