Actor Geoffrey Rush Wins Defamation Case
reuters.com: Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded a A$2.8 million ($1.9 million) defamation payment against a News Corp tabloid, the largest defamation payout in Australian history, after it accused him in reports of inappropriate behavior.
Australia’s Federal Court ordered that an Australian arm of News Corp pay the Oscar-winning actor A$1.98 million for past and future economic loss, in addition to an initial A$850,000 payment awarded in April, court documents showed on Thursday.
A News Corp spokeswoman did not immediately respond to emailed and telephoned requests for comment. Rush’s lawyer declined to comment.
Rush, 67, had said the articles in the Daily Telegraph of Sydney were hastily compiled because the newspaper had wanted an Australian angle on accusations of sexual assault leveled at U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein.