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Court Told Geoffrey Rush Inappropriately Touched Actress

Rush's lawyer, Richard McHugh, told the court the accusations were vague

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    Geoffrey Rush attends The Hollywood Reporter and SAG-AFTRA Inaugural Emmy Nominees Night presented by American Airlines, Breguet, and Dacor at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on Sept. 14, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

    A lawyer accused Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush in court Monday of touching an actress inappropriately on an Sydney stage three years ago while he was starring in a production of "King Lear."

    Rush is suing Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Federal Court for defamation over articles last year which alleged inappropriate behavior and touching during the Sydney Theatre Company production in 2015.

    The newspaper's lawyer, Tom Blackburn, told the court on Monday that Rush, now 66, touched an actress who has not been identified on five consecutive nights in the last week of the production in a way that he had not done before and that made her uncomfortable.

    "She said stop — he didn't. He went on doing it. Our case is that that in itself is inappropriate," Blackburn told the court.

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    But Rush's lawyer, Richard McHugh, told the court the accusations were vague.

    Blackburn is fighting Rush's request to have the newspaper's truth defense struck out.

    Justice Michael Wigney delayed his decision on that request to a later date.

    McHugh told the court that parts of the defense lacked specificity and did not detail Rush's alleged behavior.

    The inappropriate behavior is alleged to have occurred when Rush and the actress were required to touch on stage, McHugh said.

    "To this day, it's not clear what they're saying. Not just unclear, it's completely opaque," McHugh said.

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    The newspaper's lawyers have previously told the court that the articles did not allege Rush engaged in inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature.

    Blackburn said for the purposes of the defense it wasn't important where Rush touched the actress, but the fact she allegedly asked him to stop — and he didn't stop — made it inappropriate.

    Rush, who was not in court on Monday, has denied behaving inappropriately.

    Rush announced in December he was suing the newspaper over its reporting of the actress's complaint of what the theatre company described in a statement as "inappropriate behavior."

    The company said the complaint was made after the production closed. The actress had not wanted Rush informed of her complaint, the company said.

    Rush has performed in the Sydney Theatre Company for 35 years. He won the 1997 best actor Academy Award for "Shine" and has three other Oscar nominations. He is perhaps best known as Captain Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films.

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