Judge awards Geoffrey Rush record £1.5m in defamation case

Geoffrey Rush is ready to obtain the biggest ever damages payout to a unmarried particular person in Australia’s historical past following a defamation case towards a newspaper writer and journalist. 

The pass judgement on awarded Rush 2.9m Australian bucks (£1.5m) on Thursday, up from the unique quantity of 484,000 Australian bucks (£263,000), after taking the actor’s lack of income under consideration.

Within the case, Oscar-winning Rush effectively sued Australia’s National Information and journalist Jonathon Moran over its reporting in 2017 of accusations that he sexually abused actress Eryn Jean Norvill.

The pair gave the impression in combination in a manufacturing of Shakespeare’s King Lear in 2015 and 2016, the place Norvill alleged the four-time Academy Award nominee had touched her inappropriately on a number of events, and had made lewd feedback.

Rush has denied the accusations towards him.

Norvill alleges that the Oscar-winning actor touched her inappropriately during a production of King Lear
Norvill alleges the Oscar-winning actor touched her inappropriately throughout a King Lear manufacturing

Pass judgement on Michael Wigney discovered two experiences and a poster by means of the corporate, which publishes the Day by day Telegraph, to be defamatory towards the Shine actor.

He known as the reporting, in an editorial headlined “King Leer”, a “recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism of… the very worst sort”, in keeping with The Sydney Morning Usher in.

Each National Information and Mr Moran intend to attraction the courtroom’s resolution.

In early 2018, Rush’s criminal staff stated it could be at liberty to settle the case with an apology and a £27,000 payout from National Information, however the outlet didn’t reply.

Stone's evidence was not heard in the case as the judge said her allegations could cause Rush prejudice
Proof from Yael Stone used to be now not heard within the case

The media writer later misplaced a key part within the nearly two-week trial after Pass judgement on Wigney refused to permit Netflix actress Yael Stone to offer proof of her personal private reviews with Rush.

Stone alleges that the Australian actor behaved inappropriately towards her after they gave the impression in combination in a level manufacturing of The Diary of a Madman in 2010. Rush denies the allegation.

Alternatively, Pass judgement on Wigney stated Stone’s proof created new allegations that will reason Rush “manifest and palpable” prejudice.

Rush stated on the time that Stone’s allegations have been “wrong” and had in some instances “been taken totally out of context”.

He added: “I sincerely and deeply feel sorry about if I’ve brought about her any misery.

“This, maximum unquestionably, hasn’t ever been my aim.”

A record-breaking damages payout for Australia used to be awarded to actress Riot Wilson in a defamation case towards Bauer Media remaining 12 months.

She used to be at the start awarded £2.55m, however this used to be scale back to £327,000 following an attraction.

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