CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush won his slander on Thursday by a Sydney newspaper publisher and journalist for reporting allegations of inappropriate conduct by an actress.
The 67-year-old The old Australian sued editor and journalist Jonathon Moran of The Daily Telegraph for two stories and a poster published in late 2017.
The Australian Federal Court of Justice Michael Wigney ruled that Rush had been defamed. Wigney made a first payment of 850,000 Australian dollars ($ 610,000) in damages, but lawyers will return to court on May 10 when the judge finds compensation for economic damage and costs.
Rush's Attorney Bill McClintock Says to End a Three-Week Trial In November, the actor could never work again due to reports from the newspaper. Rush's phone may not ring at job offers and he can never regain his confidence and desire to work, his lawyer said.
Rush in court thanked his family for their support. "There are no winners in this case, it was extremely disturbing for all involved," he told reporters.
13. December 2000 – GEOFFREY RUSH AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF INNOCENCE IN THE DENDY OPER-QUAYS – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. (Photo by Patrick Riviere / Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – MARCH 18: Geoffrey Rush (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – MARCH 18: Geoffrey Rush (Photo from the LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images)
Actor Geoffrey Rush attends the 53rd Annual Writers Guild of America Awards on March 4, 2001 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Geoffrey Rush arrives at the premiere of & # 39 ; Blow. & # 39; (Photo by Frank Trapper / Corbis via Getty Images)
Geoffrey Rush at the Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic, Inc.)
Geoffrey Rush & Hilary Swank during the Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic, Inc.)
Geoffrey Rush during the "Frida" premiere in Los Angeles at the Los Angleles Art Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 21: Australian actor Geoffrey Rush with his prize for global achievements at the 45th AFI Awards held at the Her Majesty's Theater in Melbourne, Victoria , Australia. (Photo by Regis Martin / Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 21: Geoffrey Rush confirms at a press conference on Australian culture as a tariff chip in the Free Trade Agreement with the US. At the Hyatt Hotel on Collins Street in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (Photo by Regis Martin / Getty Images)
Geoffrey Rush during the premiere of New York City – The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – Arrivals at the Loews Tower East Theater in New York, New York (United States of America). (Photo by Jamie McCarthy / WireImage)
John Lithgow and Geoffrey Rush during the premiere of New York City, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers – Arrivals at New York's Loews Tower East Theater in New York, USA. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy / WireImage)
Geoffrey Rush at the East Theater Loews Tower in New York, NY (Photo by Jamie McCarthy / WireImage)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – November 26: (LR) Actor Melissa George, Geoffrey Rush and Rachel Griffiths attend L & # 39; Oreal Paris 2005 AFI Awards on 26 November 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Teuma / Getty Images)
Geoffrey Rush during the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards – Press room in the shrine in Los Angeles, California, USA. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – December 7: Geoffrey Rush (C) and his mother (L) attend the after-show party following the L & # 39; Oreal Paris 2006 AFI Awards at the Melbourne Exhibition Center in December 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. The awards are the most important event in the Australian calender calendar and the oldest and most prestigious award in the Australian film and television industry, which is now being awarded for the 48th time. (Photo by Simon Fergusson / Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 6: Actor Geoffrey Rush poses in the prize-room of the L 'Oreal Paris AFI 2006 Industry Awards on December 6, 2006 in Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Tonight's Industry Awards will precede tomorrow's 2006 AFI Awards. Both nights honored the successes of the nominees in Australian film and television. (Photo by Patrick Riviere / Getty Images)
Geoffrey Rush visits the Sydney premiere of "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" at the Hayden Orpheum Cremorne on November 3, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold / WireImage)
Geoffrey Rush arrives at the National Movie Awards 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. (Photo by Sean Dempsey / PA Images via Getty Images)
TODAY – Photo: (lr) Meredith Vieira and Geoffrey Rush appear on the NBC News show "Today" (Photo by Peter Kramer / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEP 20: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Geoffrey Rush with the crown he wore for his role as King Berenger in Exit The King. Rush donated his costumes from the theater productions of The Diary of a Madman and Exit the King of the Performing Arts Collection at the Arts Center in Melbourne. September 20, 2011. (Photo by Paul Rovere / AGE / Fairfax Media on Getty Images)
British Queen Elizabeth II (R) shakes actor Geoffrey Rush (2nd L) at a luncheon hosted by Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce (2nd R) at the Government House in Canberra on October 23, 2011. The Queen is in Australia on her 16th visit to the former penal colony on perhaps the last 85-year-old Monarch Down Under. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN (Credits should be Alex Ellinghausen / AFP / Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 4: Actor Geoffrey Rush takes on September 4 in New York at the premiere of MOMA (The Eye Of The Storm) part of 2012 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil / FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA – December 5: Actor Geoffrey Rush attends TheWraps Awards & Foreign Screening series "The Book Thief" at the Landmark Theater on December 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan / Getty Images for TheWrap)
Sydney, Australia – December 9: Geoffrey Rush addresses the media at Hangar 416, Sydney Jetbase, Sydney Airport on December 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne / Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 9: Geoffrey Rush leaves Federal Court on November 9, 2018 in Sydney (Australia). The three-week trial ended today with Judge Michael Wigney, who will give his verdict early next year. Geoffrey Rush is suing The Daily Telegraph for defamation over a series of articles published in late November and early December 2017 that claimed he had behaved inappropriately during a 2015 staging of King Lear. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)
He argued that the newspaper titled "King Empty" portrayed him as a perverted and sexual predator. Wigney was disgusted by the newspaper's coverage.
"This was in any case a recklessly irresponsible, sensational journalism of the worst kind," said the judge. "It was difficult to avoid the conclusion that the product was going to be damaged."
The reports alleged inappropriate behavior towards Rush's Eryn Jean Norvill when he starred in the Sydney Theater Company in 2015 as "King Lear" and in 2016.
Norvill, who plays Lear's daughter Cordelia in production, spoke up Publishing the articles not with the newspaper, however, agreed to testify at the trial for the newspaper. The 34-year-old actress testified that Rush had caressed his hand over the right side of the chest and on the hip during a preliminary performance during the dead play.
Rush denied the allegation that he had deliberately touched Norvill's chest, the back was under her shirt when they were standing backstage or making indecent gestures and comments to her.
Wigney said Thursday he finds Norvill's evidence "untrustworthy or reliable" while accepting Rush's statement that English said he reviewed the verdict.
"We are disappointed with the findings of Justice Wigney, in particular his dismissal of Eryn Jean Norvill's evidence," English said in a statement. "We disapprove of his criticism of her and she has our full support."
In a contiguous assertion, "Orange is the New Black," actress Yael Stone told the New York Times in December that Rush was sexually inappropriate when she participated in it in 2010 in "The Diary of a Madman" ,
The 33-year-old told the newspaper, Rush danced naked in her dressing room, used a mirror to watch her shower and occasionally send her erotic lyrics.
In a statement, Rush said the allegations are "wrong and in some cases completely out of context".
Rush won Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott in "Shine" in 1996 and was nominated for roles in "Shakespeare In Love", "Quills" and "The King's Speech". He is also famous for his portrayal of Captain Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
In 2014, he received the highest civilian honor in his country, the Companion of the Order of Australia, for the art service.
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