Geoffrey Rush files defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph

Geoffrey Rush is suing over sexual misconduct allegations

Geoffrey Rush files defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph

Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for defamation over its reporting of an actress's complaint against the Oscar-winning actor of "inappropriate behavior".

Rush, 66, faced media in Melbourne on Friday where he denied the claims that allegedly occurred during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear in 2015. "This is to address the hyperbole, lies and the spurious claims about me in the entertainment community".

It was Rush's first public appearance since the story was published.

The company did not say what action it had taken in response to the complaint or whether they would work with Rush in the future.

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Mr Rush said his wife, daughter and son had also been hurt by the allegations. The theatre company said it complied "in the interest of the complainant's health and welfare". Rush asserted that the situation was "intolerable" and that the paper had made "false, pejorative, and demeaning claims" against him.

The actor resigned from his role as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) in the wake of the printed story and did not attend the body's awards last week. He was absent from Wednesday's televised event in Sydney, where stars dodged questions from reporters about the allegations.

Rush said in a statement to The Associated Press he was stepping down "effective immediately and until these issues have been resolved".

"Geoffrey Rush is not Harvey Weinstein and I have had more than a handful of interactions with Harvey Weinstein", Griffiths told the ABC on the red carpet.

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Rush won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1996 film Shine, in which he played celebrated concert pianist David Helfgott.

Comment was being sought from the Daily Telegraph. "We will defend our position in court", Dore said. The filing, for defamation, was made on Friday in a Federal court.

The publisher has since said it would appeal the payout as the "unprecedented" amount had major implications for the media industry.

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