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The actress Yael Stone makes explosive allegations about an experienced actor Geoffrey Rush.

In an interview with the Australian news magazine 7.30, which claims "Orange Is the New Black Star," Rush had sent her sexually suggestive text messages, faced her backstage and tried to spy on her while she showered.Rush gave an explanation

Stone says the behavior occurred when she starred in Sydney in a 2011 and 2011 production of "Diary of a Madman." At that time, Rush was 59, she was 25

"He obviously was incredibly invested in this show, which was his show in every way, and I would support him in that," Stone said at 7.30 am "I was just there," serving him, and I think I probably took that too far and too literally. "

Stone says Rush started texting her, and the messages were" increasingly sexual in nature. "I was very willing to re-conduct all of this Enthusiastic attempt to keep up with this joke. "

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Australian actor Geoffrey Rush is facing new accusations & # 39; Orange is the New Black & # 39; actress Yael Stone. (Photo: WAYNE TAYLOR, EPA-EFE)

But she says the behavior makes her uncomfortable. "I knew not how I should react to someone who was so much older and has so much power in the industry. "

From there, Stone says escalating Rush's behavior, saying she went naked to a joint ensemble and I danced in front of her. On another occasion, she says, she showered as, "I looked up and saw a small shaving mirror held over the cabin to look down on my naked body."

"I think it was done in the spirit of a joke. The fact is, it was incredibly uncomfortable for me. "

Stone said at 7.30 that she had never complained to Rush or the show's director, Neil Armfield.

She said she wanted to protect her rising career and said it was not even an option : "I've always tried to protect myself, not quite knowing how and never did I never insult him."

"That topped the list," does not offend Geoffrey, because this will affect the impact your next performance and ultimately on your career. "

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Stone says that Rush She is rarely admonished at this time, and she understands why he may be confused if she speaks now.

"Certain behaviors were allowed if they were not encouraged along the way, and suddenly many people got up saying," No, actually. No, "Stone says.

" Well, I think that's really true, y important step to get up and say no. But I think we would do well to be sympathetic to the feeling of how this huge circuit feels on the other side.

Stone says she's coming forward and hopes to bring about changes in the entertainment industry She wants a world where artists do not feel They need to be silent about inappropriate behavior to protect their careers

"If Women especially talking about such issues generally suffer their careers. "

" I've included that in my calculations, and if that happens to me, it's worth it, "she said at 7:30.

These are not the First allegations of sexual harassment Rush was exposed to

The actor sued Sydney Daily's Daily Telegraph and its journalist Jonathon Moran for articles published last year, the newspaper reported that a co-star later became Eryn Jean Norvill , was harassed by Rush during a Sydney Theater Company production of "King Lear" in 2015 and 2016.

In Rush's lawsuit against the Norvill testified the actor's tactile gestures and sexual innuendo to her rehearsals, stroking her lower back behind the scenes, deliberately touching her breast while mourning over her character's body during a performance.

Rush resigned as president of the Australian Screen Industry Academy in December 2017 after the Sydney Theater Company announced that it had received a complaint against the Oscar-winning actor for "inappropriate behavior" during Lear's production ,

Rush consistently denied the allegations when he resigned from the Screen Academy In the current climate of allusions and unjustifiable coverage, I believe the decision to take a clean break to purify the air is the best for everyone involved is.

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