SYDNEY – Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, who is claiming millions of dollars in defamation damage for a newspaper report, has behaved inappropriately against a female co-star, may never work again, has his lawyer said Friday.
Having welcomed Rush's case against Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper and journalist, Jonathan Moran, lawyer Bruce McClintock said "there's a significant risk that Mr. Rush will not work again."
In filing claims for damages at the end of the three-week hearing at the Sydney Federal Court, McClintock said that the phone of the Oscar-winning actor may not play with job offers and may not never be able to recover the trust and the desire to work.
The high-profile trial without a jury ended on Friday, when judge Michael Wigney said he would "want to start writing his judgment tomorrow" but that his workload would have prevented him from making the decision this year .
Rush has sued the editor of the Daily Telegraph, Nationwide News, and Moran in two articles and a poster published in 2017.
They referred to a relationship that behaved inappropriately towards a co-star, later revealed to Eryn Jean Norvill, during a production of King Lear of the Sydney Theater in 2015 and 2016.
Rush denied the accusation and said that the newspaper portrayed him as a pervert and a sexual predator.
The newspaper claimed that the articles were essentially true after Norvill – who did not participate – accepted to testify.
He testified that Rush gestured and pointed allusions towards her during rehearsals, stroked his lower backstage and deliberately touched her breasts while complaining about his character's corpse during a performance.
Referring to past and future economic losses, McClintock said, "What they did to my client prevented him from working".
"It does not take much to destroy a career," he said.
The lawyer Tom Blackburn for the newspaper and Moran said that Rush gave no evidence of being unable to work or not to receive any offers.
Rush won Best Actor in 1996 for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in "Shine" and was nominated for roles in "Shakespeare in Love", "Quills" and "The King & # 39; s Speech". He is also famous for his portrayal of Captain Barbossa in the film "Pirates of the Caribbean".
He received the highest civil honor of his nation in 2014, the Companion of the Order of Australia, for the service to the arts.
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