SYDNEY • Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush is “virtually housebound” and “barely eats” after a Sydney newspaper claimed he engaged in inappropriate behaviour at a theatre, his lawyer stated on Monday throughout a defamation case.
The 66-year-old actor is suing Sydney’s Daily Telegraph after a front-page story in November reported that the Sydney Theatre Company had acquired a grievance about him when he was working there.
The veteran Australian star has denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer Nicholas Pullen stated in an affidavit on Monday that Rush has “continued to suffer tremendous emotional and social hardship”.
The authorized doc stated he was “virtually housebound” and, within the first three months after the publication, “rarely left his home”.
It added that he “feels uncomfortable when in public and will rarely attend public events”, “barely eats” and “wakes up every morning with a terrible sense of dread about his future career”.
The affidavit stated that as a direct results of the report, which acquired worldwide protection, Rush found he was “constantly associated” regionally and abroad with the global #MeToo motion in opposition to sexual harassment.
In December, he resigned as head of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, which he had led for a number of years.
He received the Best Actor Academy Award in 1997 for his position in Shine and is without doubt one of the few stars to have additionally received Emmy and Tony prizes.
Daily Telegraph had stated beforehand that it had precisely reported the grievance in opposition to Rush and would defend the case in courtroom.