Geoffrey Rush sues Australian newspaper over ‘inappropriate behaviour’ report

Published: December 8, 2017 12:50 pm

Geoffrey Rush poses with his ‘Berlinale Camera Award’ wich he received prior to the screening of the film ‘Final Portrait’ at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

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The Daily Telegraph Editor Chris Dore said in a statement to Reuters that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp-run newspaper will defend itself. Details of the complaint have not been made public. Australian show business identities have come to his defence, including fellow Australian actor Rachel Griffiths. Rush’s film credits include Shine,The King’s Speech and Pirates of the Caribbean. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App