Geoffrey Rush files defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph

Geoffrey Rush Is Now Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

Geoffrey Rush Is Now Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

He accused the publication of making "false, pejorative and demeaning claims" which has made "irreparable damage" to his reputation.

Rush, who is best known for The King's Speech and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, fronted media on Friday afternoon with his lawyer to make the announcement.

"It is an action I am taking in order to redress the slurs, innuendo and hyperbole they have created around my standing in the entertainment industry and greater community", Mr Rush said in a press conference on Friday.

"The situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name through the courts in Australia".

The identity of the complainant and the nature of the allegations has not been made public but Rush issued a strong denial when the claims were published last month. He was absent from Wednesday's televised event in Sydney, where stars dodged questions from reporters about the allegations.

The company did not disclose details of the allegation, saying the complainant asked that the allegation be dealt with confidentially and did not want Rush notified or involved in any investigation.

Geoffrey Rush Is Now Suing The Daily Telegraph For Defamation

"Geoffrey Rush is not Harvey Weinstein and I have had more than a handful of interactions with Harvey Weinstein", Griffiths told the ABC on the red carpet.

The Daily Telegraph's editor Chris Dore said they would defend themselves in court over the matter.

The Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has launched defamation proceedings against the Sydney Daily Telegraph, accusing the paper of splashing "spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front pages". A court date is yet to be set.

The Daily Telegraph published the story under the front-page headline of "King Leer".

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