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Actress says Geoffrey Rush touched her inappropriately

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The actress at the center of Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush's defamation suit against a Sydney newspaper alleged he touched her breast and lower back during a Shakespeare production three years ago, documents presented in court said Thursday.

The 67-year-old Australian actor is suing The Daily Telegraph in the Federal Court over articles in December that reported Sydney Theatre Company had received a complaint of "inappropriate behavior" against Rush during a production of "King Lear" in 2015. The company said the actress who complained had requested anonymity and had not wanted Rush informed.

That actress was later identified as Eryn Jean Norvill, who played Cordelia, the youngest daughter of King Lear, played by Rush. Lawyers told the court on Thursday that Norvill had agreed to provide the newspaper with a sworn statement detailing her allegations last month.

Justice Michael Wigney was told on Thursday that the newspaper would use Norvill's statement in its defense against the defamation suit, which is to be tried by a jury in October. Both Rush and Norvill are expected to testify.

The newspaper's defense will include allegations Rush's hand "traced across" the side of Norvill's breast during a performance.

Rush is also accused of touching her lower back under her shirt, making lewd gestures in her direction and making groping gestures in the air. Rush has denied any inappropriate behavior.

Rush's lawyer, Sue Chrysanthou, criticized the newspaper for publishing the original articles without speaking to Norvill.

"They did publish two front-page articles accusing my client of sexual misconduct when they had nothing," Chrysanthou said.

The newspaper's lawyer, Alec Leopold, said his legal team was searching for witnesses to corroborate what Norvill said.

He said the nature of the allegations and Rush's "position in the acting world" meant not everyone wanted to speak about the claims.

Rush argues the newspaper articles portray him as a pervert and sexual predator.

He won the 1997 best actor Academy Award for "Shine" and has three other Oscar nominations. He is perhaps best known as Captain Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

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A News Corp tabloid wrag again in a defamation case, not a #MeToo-linked criminal investigation.

Something happened in a performance (King Lear mind you) with plaintiff playing a king who has lost the plot and his daughters. Post-performance behaviour (ie. unscripted real life) seems secondary thus far.

Maybe some Murdoch journalist and editor think the movies 'Shine'and 'Quills' were real life rather than a a scripted imitation of it.

Then Rush strangely might wonder why he gets the current unwanted attention after playing a compulsive pianist without social skills and a French marquis who was the source of everything sado-masochistic.

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Here we go again. Just trying to get money out of him.

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I don't believe a word this woman is saying.

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I would think of one thing with all these MeToo, most board rooms..... would start having security camera installed and recordings would be stored for life time for legal purpose. Everyone will have body cam as well. Here is business opportunities for those equipment manufacturers and storage (monthly subscriptions).

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WHAT YOU CAN PROOVE IS WHAT YOU CAN SAY !

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In USA, you can't make an article without a proof. Sometime, they all know there is a problem; but they can't talk.

So with one true testimony everyone get overboard. This is not about money, this is about digging the dirt and convincing other women to talk.

If journalist don't get anything more, then it was probably a misunderstanding or a drunk day (which is a real sexual harassment).

So now, it is a matter of wait and see.

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NCM.

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She was just "Me too" attention seeker. I don't believe what she accused about Geoffrey Rush.

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