Geoffrey Rush to sue Daily Telegraph over 'irreparable damage'

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The defamation suit filed by Geoffrey Rush against The Daily Telegraph claims the newspaper made him out to be a "pervert" and "sexual predator" with their "KING LEER" headline.

The first complaint is about the newspaper's billboard on November 30, a poster usually seen on the outside of newsagents, which said: "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Geoffrey Rush in scandal claims, theatre company confirms "inappropriate behaviour".

The allegations against Rush date back to a 2015 Sydney Theatre Performance of King Lear.

"The Daily Telegraph has made false, pejorative and demeaning claims - splattering them with unrelenting bombast on its front pages", he said.

"It is certainly the desire of Mr. Rush to have this matter heard as quickly as possible in order to vindicate his name", Pullen said.

Apart from the "inappropriate behaviour" claim, no further information about the nature of the complaint or who made it was revealed.

The claims were printed in Australia's The Daily Telegraph newspaper, with a STV spokesperson telling the publication that Rush's alleged misconduct reportedly took place over a time period of several months.

"We will defend our position in court". The matter will go before the Federal Court in Sydney on February 8. The company did not disclose details of the allegation, saying the complainant asked that the allegation be dealt with confidentially and did not want Rush notified or involved in any investigation.

Rush's decision to take legal action against the newspaper comes after he stepped down as the president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) after six years in the position, saying that he meant to "clear the air" with regards to the allegations made against him. He was absent from Wednesday's televised event in Sydney, where stars dodged questions from reporters about the allegations.

Rush said his wife, daughter and son had also been hurt by the allegations.

"Geoffrey Rush is not Harvey Weinstein and I have had more than a handful of interactions with Harvey Weinstein", Griffiths told the ABC on the red carpet. He is perhaps best known as Captain Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

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