Geoffrey Rush awarded almost $2.9 million after defamation win

Original article by Jamie McKinnell
abc.net au – Page: Online : 24-May-19

Nationwide News has been ordered to pay nearly $2.9 million in damages to Hollywood actor Geoffrey Rush. He was found to have been defamed by ‘The Daily Telegraph’ over allegations that he had behaved inappropriately towards actress Eryn Jean Norvill during a Sydney Theatre Company production of ‘King Lear’. Rush’s payment includes $850,000 for general and aggravated damages, $919,678 for future economic loss and $42,000 in interest. Rush’s barrister Sue Chrystanthou noted there had been an offer to settle for $50,000, but Nationwide News had instead chosen to mount a truth defence.

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No formal protest over Rush, court told

Original article by Nicola Berkovic
The Australian – Page: 3 : 27-Sep-18

The defamation case over allegations against Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush has continued in the Federal Court. The case centres on a series of newspaper articles about Rush’s alleged inappropriate behaviour during a Sydney Theatre Company production. Rush’s lawyer told the court that the actress who made the allegations had never lodged a formal complaint about his conduct, and there had been no formal investigation of the allegations. Instead, the allegations had been raised by the actress in a conversation with two other members of the STC in a bar.

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Actress at heart of case against Rush revealed

Original article by Rosemary Neill
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 20-Feb-18

The defence document of Sydney tabloid "The Daily Telegraph" shows that actress Eryn Jean Norvill has accused Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush of touching her inappropriately during the Sydney Theatre Company’s performance of "King Lear" in early 2016. Rush has denied the allegations, and he launched defamation proceedings against the newspaper in late 2017. Federal Court lifted a suppression order on the defence document on 19 February, although it has reserved a decision on an application to strike out some elements of the document.

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Bawdy jokes and crude behaviour aside, no evidence of misconduct

Original article by Matthew Westwood
The Australian – Page: 7 : 1-Feb-18

An independent investigation by Pax People has cleared actor Craig McLachlan of inappropriate conduct on the set of "The Doctor Blake Mysteries". The inquiry was commissioned by production company December Media in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and workplace bullying on the set of the period drama. Pax People’s report concluded that the workplace culture on the set of the show often featured humour that could be regarded as offensive, but it found no evidence of serious misconduct. McLachlan has denied all allegations against him.

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McLachlan set to sue Fairfax, ABC

Original article by Matthew Westwood
The Australian – Page: 3 : 22-Jan-18

Australian actor Craig McLachlan says his career has been "annihilated" by allegations that he sexually harassed and indecently assaulted three female cast members during a 2014 production of "The Rocky Horror Show". He continues to deny the allegations and intends to sue Fairfax Media and the ABC for defamation, after the allegations were reported in "The Age" and "The Sydney Morning Herald" and on the "7:30" current affairs show.

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More come forward over actor

Original article by Kate McClymont, Michael Lallo, Rob Moran
The Age – Page: 4 : 9-Jan-18

The Gordon Frost Organisation has advised that actor Craig McLachlan will withdraw from its current production of "The Rocky Horror Show" in the wake of sexual harassment and indecent assault allegations. Victorian police have launched an investigation into the allegations made by three female members of the 2014 production of the musical, while several other people are believed to have lodged complaints with police. Production of McLachlan’s popular TV series, "The Doctor Blake Mysteries", has also been put on hold pending the investigation into the allegations against him.

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GORDON FROST ORGANISATION, AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, DECEMBER MEDIA, VICTORIA POLICE