Actress says Geoffrey Rush touched her inappropriately

August 09, 2018 - 8:19 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Court documents show the actress at the center of Geoffrey Rush's defamation suit against a Sydney newspaper has said the Oscar-winning actor touched her breast and lower back during a Shakespeare production three years ago.

The 67-year-old Australian actor is suing The Daily Telegraph in the Federal Court over articles in December that reported Sydney Theatre Company had received a complaint of "inappropriate behavior" against Rush during a production of "King Lear" in 2015.

Lawyers told the court on Thursday that actress Eryn Jean Norvill had finally agreed to provide the newspaper last month with a sworn statement detailing her allegations.

The newspaper will use Norvill's statement in its defense against the defamation suit, which is to be tried by a jury in October.

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