SYDNEY, Australia (CelebrityAccess) Court documents reportedly filed by the Sydney Daily Telegraph claim that, during a 2015 theatre production of “King Lear” at the Sydney Theatre Company, actor Geoffrey Rush acted like a “pervert” and engaged in “sexually predatory behaviour.”
Rush is suing the publisher of the newspaper, News Corp., for articles alleging he acted inappropriately toward actress Eryn Jean Norvill during the production. The actress declined to make a statement to the court but recently agreed to provide evidence for the Telegraph at the upcoming trial.
Rush has been accused of simulating “groping and fondling” toward Norvill, tracing his hand across the side of her breast during a preview performance, touching her lower backside under her shirt, making lewd gestures in her direction and sending her a text message months after the production wrapped saying he thought of her “more than is socially appropriate.”
Rush has denied the allegations, with his attorney saying earlier this year that Rush was “virtually housebound” with his career “irreparably damaged” by the articles. He left a stage production in Australia last month.
Rush won a Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the movie “Shine.”