Geoffrey Rush Is Now Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Nicole Kidman Cate Blanchett Geoffrey Rush and Toni Collette at Tropfest in 2012

The Daily Telegraph's reporting and advertising over the past week carried the defamatory meanings that the 66-year-old Australian actor was a "pervert" and a "sexual predator" while starring in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of "King Lear" two years ago, according to documents filed in the Australian Federal Court on Friday.

"It is an action I'm taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole that they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and in the greater community", he said.

Rush called the situation "intolerable" and concluded, "I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts".

Rush said his wife, daughter and son had also been hurt by the allegations.

Following the statement, Rush did not take questions from reporters.

The AACTA said in a statement posted on its website on December 2 that the organization "acknowledges the decision today of Geoffrey Rush to voluntarily step aside as President of AACTA and accepts and respects his decision to do so. It must be made clear from the outset that Mr Rush abhors any form of maltreatment of any person in any form".

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The next issue was about the article published that same day which was run with the front page headline: "KING LEER: World Exclusive Oscar-winner Rush denies "inappropriate behaviour" during Sydney stage show".

Following last week's reports of the incident, The Sydney Theatre Company confirmed it received a complaint but would not disclose details of the allegations.

Rush's film credits include "Shine", "The King's Speech" and "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Chris Dore, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, said they would be defending the newspaper's reporting in court, reported the ABC.

He is one of a handful of actors who has achieved an elusive "triple crown" for winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.

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