An Academy Award-winning actor was awarded more than $1.9 million in a case that involved #MeToo allegations. CNN reports that Geoffrey Rush was awarded $2.9 million Australian dollars (more than $1.9 million USD) in his defamation lawsuit against a Sydney newspaper publisher and journalist.
“Rush successfully sued The Daily Telegraph for defamation after it published allegations of abuse towards a co-star during a production of King Lear in Sydney between 2015 and 2016,” CNN reports. “The Australian newspaper reported that Rush had inappropriately touched his co-star’s breasts and back, followed her into a bathroom and sent her an inappropriate text message, accusations which the actor denied.”
The CNN report adds: “Last month, federal court judge Justice Wigney ruled the paper had been ‘extravagant and reckless’ in its reporting.”
Commenting on two articles published about Rush in 2017, Wigney said: “This was a recklessly irresponsible piece of sensational journalism of the worst kind.”
CNN adds: “The co-star concerned, Eryn Jean Norvill, had made the allegations in a private workplace complaint, but later agreed to testify for the paper. She continues to maintain that her claims are true.”
Rush won an Oscar in 1997 for “Shine” and has been nominated three other times, for “Shakespeare in Love,” “Quills” and “The King’s Speech.”