Actor Geoffrey Rush to be paid almost AU$3m after defamation win against Daily Telegraph

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Geoffrey Rush attends the Television Academy event honoring Emmy nominated performers at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 15, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded AU$2.9 million after winning a defamation case against Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper alleged he was involved in inappropriate behaviour towards Eryn Jean Norvill, a female co-star, during the 2015 to 2016 production of King Lear.

The Federal Court heard on Thursday the total amount Rush would be awarded was AU$2.87m - the highest defamation payout granted to a single individual in Australia, ABC reports.

It comes after the actor initially offered to settle with the newspaper for AU$50,000 and an apology.

It was ruled Rush would compensated AU$1.97m for lost economic opportunities on top of the AU$850,000 he had already been awarded. The remaining AU$42,000 was in interest.


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