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The triple-acting-award-winner Geoffrey Rush got another award but this time from a defamation payment worth $2.9 million (£1.57m; US$1.99m) in Australia.
Federal Court favoured the King’s Speech actor against the Nationwide News as the publisher of the Australia’s Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathan Moran.
This instance set a new record of being the highest paid defamation lawsuit had ever conferred in the said country. Various financial advise website pointed out that most of the judges awards only small amount for damages. Rush’s case was otherwise.
According from the court report, the offender tabloid should pay Rush for maligning his reputation which caused him stress and economic damages. Particularly, the breakdown of the payout comprised for overall detriment worth $850,000 and previous economic loss of $1milllion with interest of $42,000. This was cut as the actor was initially charged them of $25 million worth of damages.
The defamation case was rooted from the series of featured articles in the Sydney’s tabloid which had malevolently accused Rush for inappropriate conduct to Eryn Jean Norvill. The two were co-stars in the movie King Lear back in 2015.
ActressNorvill claimed during the court proceedings a year ago that she experienced sexual harassment by Rush. She further elaborated that the actor held her bust and signalled malicious gestures during the shoot of some scenes in King Lear. Two-timed-Sydney-Theatre-Award winner Yael Stone, likewise, charged Rush for showing misbehaviour to her.
This story was pushed and circulated by the sued newspaper but the 67 year old actor extremely denied all allegations against him which implied that he had immoral sexual demeanor.
However, court Justice Michael Wigney found irregularities in the accusations filed against Rush. He firmly asserted that Norvill’s statements were hyperbolic, hence, he was not convinced that she was a truthful witness.
Likewise, Wigney imposed final judgment against the Daily Telegraph and Moran as he got disgusted for their unethical and irresponsible reportage. The Lawyer of Rush, Sue Chrysanthou, also expressed how tasteless the published stories which defamed the actor.
Rush’s triumph proven that Australia took defamation law seriously. Some financial advise website stated that to pursue a Civil case for defamation requires thorough process especially if the filer is after monetary charges. Other famous people who undergone the tedious process and succeed were Chau Chak Wing, a Chinese-Australian billionaire businessman who won a defamation case against Fairfax newspaper and also Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson who received payout from Germany’s Bauer Media for same case.