Geoffrey Rush files defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph

Geoffrey Rush files defamation suit against Daily Telegraph over 'inappropriate behaviour' claims

According to Nine News, Rush's lawyers issued a letter to the media denying the claims that went viral in November.

Rush's lawyer Nicholas Pullen has called a press conference for 3pm (AEDT) on Friday at the offices of HWL Ebsworth in Melbourne where he is a partner, stating that Mr Rush will be present.

The veteran Australian star launched action in the Federal Court against the Murdoch-owned publication to "redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community". The STC provided the paper with a statement saying that a complaint had been made, but it did not detail the allegations, and said that the complainant had asked for the matter to be dealt with confidentially.

Apart from the "inappropriate behaviour" claim, no further information about the nature of the complaint or who made it was revealed.

He said the claims had "created irreparable damage" and were "extremely hurtful" to his family and colleagues in the industry.

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has faced the media for the first time since allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" were made against him.Rush says he had filed defamation proceedings against News Corp paper the Daily Telegraph.More: on 7 News at 6pm.

The situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts. A court date is yet to be set.

In response to Rush's decision, The Daily Telegraph's editor Chris Dore defended the newspaper's decison to publish the story.

Rush later announced he was stepping down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) ahead of the academy's annual awards last week. He is one of the Australia's most respected actors.

The actor is best known for his movie roles in Shine, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, The King's Speech and Shakespeare in Love.



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