Geoffrey Rush denies allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" during Sydney theatre production

Emmett Rice
December 1, 2017

Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffery Rush is denying inappropriate behaviour during the production of King Lear. The alleged victim, who has not been identified, came forward after the Australia native finished a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear" in January 2016.

The statement from Rush's lawyers underlines the current wave of allegations in the entertainment industry, highlighting specificity of actions, or lack thereof, and stating, "In this current environment, 'inappropriate behaviour' may mean abuse, bullying or other forms of reprehensible activity".

"Until there is the decency afforded to Mr Rush of what the "inappropriate behaviour" actually is then there is nothing more than can be said at this stage".

Newscorp reports the incident happened during Sydney Theatre Company's recent production of "King Lear". "In the circumstances, if such a statement has been issued by the STC it is both irresponsible and highly damaging to say the least".

But about any details of this incident are unknown, also not reported, what exactly was the cause of the complaint, and whether there was inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. "They refused to illuminate me with the details", he said. "However, no response was forthcoming", Rush said in a statement. Here's what the Sydney Theatre Company had to say about the allegation made against Rush.

Rush further elaborated that releasing this information to the public without presenting him the full details is a "denial" of natural justice and "not how our society operates". STC responded truthfully that it had received such a complaint.

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The spokeswoman for the STC said the theater company had received the complaint when "Mr. Rush's engagement with the Company had ended".

Rush was made aware who made the claims three weeks ago.

Rush's statement said he abhorred "any form of maltreatment of any person in any form".

"It is a great disappointment to Mr Rush the STC has chosen to smear his name and unjustifiably damage his reputation in this way".

STC told the Daily Mail that it would not comment further on the allegations, but vowed to "work with the complainant to minimize the risk of future instances of the alleged behavior occurring in its workplace".

He only appeared in five films before his breakout role in 1996 as David Helfgott in Shine, for which he won an Oscar for best actor. At this stage, Mr Rush can only reiterate his statement that he denies having been involved in any "inappropriate behavior" whatsoever.

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