Actor Geoffrey Rush Sues The Daily Telegraph For Publishing "Inappropriate Behaviour" Allegation

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Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has launched defamation proceedings against the Daily Telegraph newspaper following allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" in the Federal Court of Australia.

"Today I have filed defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph in the Federal Court of Australia", the Academy Award victor said.

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

Mr Rush said the newspaper, published by News Corp Australia, had "splashed spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front page".

Rush has denied the allegations, which date back to a Sydney Theatre Performance of King Lear from 2015, via statement through Pullen.

The Daily Telegraph published the story under the front-page headline of "King Leer".

"We don't have our have a trial date yet, this has only been set up this afternoon".

The legal action comes just months after Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson won Aus$4.5 million (U.S.$3.4 million) - the largest defamation payout in Australian history - after successfully suing Bauer Media.

"Mr Rush has not been approached by the Sydney Theatre Company and the alleged complainant nor any representative of either of them concerning the matter you have raised", a letter from his lawyer to media read.

Last week Rush resigned as head of film industry body Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), which he had led for several years.

He said he had not been informed of the nature of the complaint by the complainant or the theatre company, either at the time the complaint was made or since. The company did not disclose details of the allegation, saying the complainant asked that the allegation be dealt with confidentially and did not want Rush notified or involved in any investigation.

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