Geoffrey Rush defamation trial: actor gives evidence against Daily Telegraph

the Guardian | 10/21/2018 | Michael McGowan
Geoffrey Rush and the woman at the centre of a defamation trial between the actor and Sydney newspaper the Daily Telegraph exchanged familiar and “affectionate” emails with one another after the alleged inappropriate behaviour at the centre of a defamation trial had occurred.

On the opening day of Rush’s two-week defamation trial against the Daily Telegraph on Monday, his barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, told the court the actor denied all the allegations made against him, and accused the newspaper of deliberately seeking to “smash and destroy” Rush’s reputation.

McClintock - Court - Rush - Reputation - Australia

McClintock told the court Rush had forged a reputation as one of Australia’s best-known actors over an almost 50-year career.

Rush, he said, had been a “household name” and a “national living treasure” with “no scandal attached to his name”.

Pleasure - Millions - Reputation - McClintock

“As well as giving pleasure to millions, his reputation was stellar. It could not have been higher,” McClintock said.

But the Telegraph and journalist Jonathan Moran, who McClintock described as a “gossip columnist”, had sought to “smash and destroy” Rush’s reputation in a deliberate attempt to link him to the scandal surrounding other disgraced personalities such as Don Burke and Harvey Weinstein.

Telegraph - McClintock - Story - Fairfax - Media

The Telegraph, McClintock said, had been desperate for the story after being “gazumped” by Fairfax Media over the Burke story.

“There’s no one who could read these articles and think anything other than [that] this was a straight-up, full-blown attack on my client,” McClintock said.

Rush - Stand - Briefly - Lunch - Break

Rush appeared on the stand briefly before the lunch break on Monday.

He appeared calm as he spoke about his early career as a young actor in Brisbane and Paris in the late nineteen seventies, and later in Sydney as a teacher at the acting school Nida where he shared a home in Kensington with “a very young” Mel Gibson.

Career - Ratbags

He talked about how throughout his career he had specialised in playing “the ratbags, the...
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