Just a few days after a theater company in Sydney received an unspecified complaint regarding Geoffrey Rush’s behavior, Rush resigned as the president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Geoffrey, in a statement released to the Associated Press, said media reports have made “untenable allegations” regarding his position in the entertainment community.
Geoffrey chose to resign because he doesn’t want the media and the public to associate Rush’s allegations with his colleagues. He said, “I have decided to step aside in my ambassadorial role as president of the AACTA effective immediately.”
The Academy Award-winner said he decided through a complicated process. But, he mentioned that the media reporting consists of a climate of “innuendo and unjustifiable reporting.”
In a report from the Associated Press, the organization claims his “inappropriate behavior” occurred while on the set of William Shakespeare’s King Lear in which he starred from November 2015 until January of 2016.
Although the accusation is currently unspecified, Rush denied it and phoned the management at the Sydney Theatre Company as soon as he became aware.
However, it appears as though his phone call was not enough. The STC didn’t clarify what the allegation entailed either, leaving Rush to express his frustration with the process in his statement.
He said, “I also asked why this information was being withheld, and why, according to standard theatre practice the issue had not been raised with me during the production.”
As a part of company policy at most corporate organizations, the Human Resources Department typically cannot disclose who made the allegation for purposes of confidentiality. However, a non-disclosure policy often makes problem-solving an issue, because the accused cannot course correct; they don’t know what they need to change or improve.