Geoffrey Rush wins a lawsuit for defamation
Australia – Geoffrey Rush was awarded $ 2.9 million (approximately C $ 2.7 million) in damages on Thursday following a defamation suit against a newspaper and a newspaper. journalist regarding the allegations of improper conduct against the actor.
The 67-year-old Australian artist was suing the Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathon Moran for two articles published in the newspaper at the end of 2017.
Judge Michael Wigney ruled in April that Nationwide News and Moran were reckless when they reported that Geoffrey Rush was accused of inappropriate behavior against actress Eryn Jean Norvill. The lady in question was playing the daughter of Rush’s character in the King Lear play , which had been performed in a Sydney theater between 2015 and 2016.
The judge determined that the articles were defamatory, in part because they claimed that Rush was a pervert and a sexual predator, without providing any evidence to support these statements.
The publisher and the journalist appeal the judgment.