Geoffrey Rush awarded 2 million dollars in Sydney defamation case

This, most certainly, has never been my intention,” Rush said at the time. He is also famed for his portrayal of Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Justice Michael Wigney found in April the publisher, News Corp.-owned Nationwide News, and Moran were reckless regarding the truth when they reported Rush had been accused of inappropriate behavior by actress Eryn Jean Norvill. Comic actress Rebel Wilson in 2017 had previously won an Australian record 4.7 million Australian dollars damages in a defamation case against a magazine publisher. Popular Photos

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Orange Is the New Black actress Yael Stone was revealed two weeks ago as the potential witness who Wigney refused to allow to testify in Rush’s defamation suit. Rush’s lawyer, Sue Chrysanthou, said Rush had offered in early 2018 to settle in exchange for an apology and 50,000 Australian dollars plus costs, but Nationwide News did not respond. 0
Comment(s) But the damages were reduced by 90% on appeal. The trial by then had run for 12 days and ended three days later. Following an agreement between the parties, the judge on Thursday awarded Rush a further AU$1.98 million for past and future economic loss. Wigney said the proposed amendment raised new allegations concerning Rush’s conduct and would delay court proceedings and cause him “manifest and palpable” prejudice. The Netflix series actress was described in the media as Witness X. But he wanted to consider further special damages, including loss of earnings. The judge prohibited Stone from being publicly identified. She said Rush danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic texts. The publisher and journalist are appealing the verdict. Advertising

He received Australia’s highest civilian honor in 2014, the Companion of the Order of Australia, for service to the arts. Rush said in a statement the allegations “are incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”
“However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work. The judge found a poster and two articles contained several defamatory meanings, including that Rush was a pervert and a sexual predator, but the publisher had not proven the meanings were true. She played the daughter of Rush’s character in a Sydney theater production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016. Advertising

Wigney at the time awarded Rush 850,000 Australian dollars in damages plus 42,302 Australian dollars interest for non-economic loss. Nationwide News lost a mid-trial bid last November to amend its defense based on Stone’s evidence. More Explained

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Stone told The New York Times in December that Rush engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior when they starred in The Diary of a Madman on a Sydney stage in 2010. Rush won the best actor Oscar in 1996 for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in Shine and was nominated for roles in Shakespeare In Love, Quills and The King’s Speech. I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. Advertising

The 67-year-old Australian had sued Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph’s publisher and journalist Jonathon Moran in the Federal Court over two stories and a poster published in late 2017.