Geoffrey Rush to Sue News Corp Tabloid For "Inappropriate Behavior" Allegation

Geoffrey Rush to Sue News Corp Tabloid For

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Friday he had filed a defamation lawsuit against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper after it published a report about a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct.

Rush said he would not be answering any further questions beyond his statement made to a packed room of journalists and flashing cameras at his lawyers office on Collins Street.

The stories accused rush of misconduct during his time at the Sydney Theatre Company during a production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016.

The suit was filed on Friday.

"They have splashed spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front pages", he said.

"It is an action I am taking in order to address the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community".

"This has created irreparable damage to my reputation", he said.

Mr Rush's lawyer said his client wanted to have this matter heard as quickly as possible and the actor would be seeking damages.

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The anonymous person also made a complaint to the STC but insisted it remain confidential and that Rush was not notified of it.

Last week, Rush voluntarily stepped down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television (AACTA) until the matter is resolved.

"The situation is intolerable and I must seek vindication of my good name through the courts", he said.

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

Rush is one of Australia's most respected exports, starring in acclaimed films like Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth and The King's Speech.

The legal action comes just months after Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson won Aus$4.5 million (R46-million) - the largest defamation payout in Australian history - after successfully suing Bauer Media.

There's no court date as yet, but we'll keep you posted.

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