AustraliaFinal arguments in Rush defamation trial

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

Telegraph slammed for 'extraordinary' conduct in Rush trial: court

Telegraph slammed for 'extraordinary' conduct in Rush trial: court The barrister acting for Geoffrey Rush in his defamation case against the Telegraph has blasted the newspaper for its "extraordinary" conduct during the trial.

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.

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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.

The defamation trial between actor Geoffrey Rush and a Sydney tabloid and journalist is about to begin almost a year after they published articles On Monday, following months of legal argument , Rush is expected to face a media scrum at Sydney's Federal Court as the judge-alone trial before

Geoffrey Rush and his accuser will each have their time in court almost a year after a Sydney tabloid published claims he'd behaved inappropriately towards a female co-star. The Oscar-winning actor is suing the Daily Telegraph's publisher Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran for defamation

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.

Comment: Geoffrey Rush - How the Oscar winner's defamation case is a watershed moment for theatre.
It was the afternoon of Friday December 1 last year when an email marked critical landed in Geoffrey Rush’s inbox. 

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