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AustraliaFinal arguments in Rush defamation trial

22:22  08 november  2018
22:22  08 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

Senior actors 'enabled' harassment, Geoffrey Rush case hears

Senior actors 'enabled' harassment, Geoffrey Rush case hears The young actor at the centre of Geoffrey Rush's defamation case against the Telegraph says his alleged harassment was "enabled" by senior performers.

The final attempts to convince a judge actor Geoffrey Rush was unfairly painted as a sexual predator by a series of news articles are expected to be heard by the Federal Court in Sydney. Rush 's lawyers are scheduled to finish giving their final submissions in the judge-alone defamation trial on Friday.

Geoffrey Rush asks for millions on the final day of defamation trial . Actor Geoffrey Rush is seeking millions of dollars in damages for defamation over the publication of allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the theatre, a court heard today.

Final arguments in Rush defamation trial© AAP Images Actor Geoffrey Rush's legal team is expected to submit its final closing arguments in the defamation trial against a newspaper. The final attempts to convince a judge actor Geoffrey Rush was unfairly painted as a sexual predator by a series of news articles are expected to be heard by the Federal Court in Sydney.

Rush's lawyers are scheduled to finish giving their final submissions in the judge-alone defamation trial on Friday.

The Oscar-winning actor is suing The Daily Telegraph publisher Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran over two articles and a newsagent poster published in 2017.

Comment: Rush trial will leave behind nothing but wreckage

Comment: Rush trial will leave behind nothing but wreckage Even once the judge reaches a verdict, we will learn precisely nothing of value. We will be no closer to knowing what really happened. This case is creating only wreckage. We are in the wrong forum. If we want to learn anything new, if we would like to evolve as a society, then we have to find something better than forcing young women into the witness box to tell their stories and be retraumatised repeatedly, in the quixotic quest for the “truth”. *Thanks to Lane Sainty of BuzzFeed, I totally stole your quoting of Norvill’s testimony.

Closing arguments began Wednesday in the trial , which pits Mr. Rush against Rupert Murdoch’s Nationwide News, publisher of the tabloid, The Daily Telegraph. Given the nation’s strict defamation laws, some experts believe the Rush trial is also having a dampening effect on #MeToo.

Opening the final submissions for Rush ’s legal team, Bruce McClintock quoted part of a 1931 Chrysanthou rejected arguments by Tom Blackburn SC, who insisted that Norvill’s testimony be The authors also recommend: Geoffrey Rush defamation trial against Murdoch media begins in Sydney

They related to an allegation he behaved inappropriately toward a co-star - later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill - during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016.

Rush denies the allegation and says the Telegraph portrayed him as a pervert and sexual predator.

Nationwide News denies the newspaper conveyed those imputations about Rush but is arguing they're substantially true after Norvill - who didn't participate in the articles - agreed to testify.

But Rush's barrister Sue Chrysanthou, on Thursday, said Norvill's testimony is rife with inconsistencies and contradictions.

The trial continues.

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