During the great #MeToo reckoning, The Daily Telegraph published an account by a woman from the Sydney Theater Company who accused Geoffrey Rush of “inappropriate behavior” by a woman from the Sydney Theater Company. Just like that, Geoffrey’s reputation was giving off some serious Cassanova Frankenstein vibes, something he didn’t like. He filed a defamation suit against The Daily Telegraph. Geoffrey claimed the allegations killed his career and forced him to hide in his house.
Geoffrey might have been exaggerating a little when he said that nobody wants to give him a job, because he landed the role of Malvolio in Melbourne Theater Company’s production of Twelfth Night. Geoffrey recently quit Twelfth Night and blamed it on those allegations.
One of the #MeToo stories that came out late last year was against 66-year-old Geoffrey Rush. He had been accused of “inappropriate behavior” while performing in King Lear with The Sydney Theatre Company in 2015 and 2016. Geoffrey responded to the allegations, published by Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph, by denying any inappropriate behavior, and added that STC received the complaint after he had finished working with them.
In February, Geoffrey filed a defamation lawsuit against Nationwide News (The Daily Telegraph’s parent company) and journalist Jonathon Moran (who wrote of the allegations). According to Deadline, in court today, Geoffrey’s lawyer accused The Daily Telegraph of damaging his career and forcing him to hide in his house.