Actor Geoffrey Rush has been accused of inappropriate behavior, but he isn’t going to sit back and let the allegations run rampant and destroy his life, family, and career. In a live press conference, the Australian actor announced he is suing The Daily Telegraph for defamation. The Daily Telegraph is an Australian newspaper who stands by their story. Rush states the claims are false, pejorative, and demeaning thereby doing irreparable damage to his reputation, family, and career. Rush is suing to seek “vindication of his good name through the courts.”
Geoffrey Rush addressed the allegations and how quickly they spread around the globe. He stated that when he tried to inquire about the nature of the allegations, such as who made them, or what was said to have transpired, he was given no information.
The allegations are based upon a complaint that was made to the Sydney Theatre Company and are nearly two years old. According to Rush’s official statement, he was never given a clear explanation from the Sydney Theatre Company about the allegations.
Rush states he can’t respond to the specific allegations because he still doesn’t know what he is being accused of.
Geoffrey Rush released the following statement.
“The moment I became aware of rumors of a complaint I immediately phoned and spoke to senior management at the Sydney Theatre Company asking for clarification about the details of the statement.
“They refused to illuminate me with the details.
“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 via stage management, the director, my fellow actors, or anyone at management level.
“However, no response was forthcoming.”
You may read the full statement that was released on November 30, 2017, below.
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) November 30, 2017
The Daily Telegraph released a statement via Twitter stating that they stand behind their story and reporting. You may see that statement below.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 8, 2017
“The Daily Telegraph accurately reported the Sydney Theatre Company received a complaint alleging that Mr. Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behavior. We will defend our position in court.”
You can watch Geoffrey Rush read his statement during a live press conference in the video player below.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 8, 2017
Many women are coming forward now with stories of sexual harassment and abuse as they are being believed. Due to the massive amount of women who are sharing their stories, the climate has been favorable.
Issues of false allegations aren’t being addressed and as many have indicated, there is a feeling that some men might not get a fair deal if they are on the receiving end of the accusations.
Under no circumstances should allegations be made against anyone where the person accused doesn’t have knowledge of the allegations or what was believed to have been a crime committed.
We will keep a close watch on this case to see if Geoffrey Rush wins his defamation lawsuit.
What do you think? Was it unfair for a story to run alleging inappropriate behavior when no one even told Rush what the allegations consisted of? How could Rush respond without known what he was accused of?
What’s your point of view?