An Australian court left the indictment of defamation filed by actor Geoffrey Rush against a media outlet that published in 2017 an alleged harassment of the interpreter by a partner.
The ruling of the process will be known in early 2019, the judge said today.
The Australian interpreter sued Nationwide News, owner of the Daily Telegraph and subsidiary of News Corp Australia, and journalist Jonathan Moran for an article accusing him of "inappropriate behavior" with an actress, published on November 30, 2017.
Rush's lawyer, Bruce McClintock, told the Federal Court in Sydney today that the Oscar-winning actor for "Shine" is at great risk "never to return to work" and therefore demands payment of a "substantial compensation" "for your client, reports ABC.
During the two-week trial, Rush denied the accusation of "inappropriate behavior" and noted that the alleged defamation has strongly affected his life and career, whose income would have fallen from the equivalent of 1 million dollars or 926,600 euros to around 31,000 dollars or 27,000 euros.
The alleged victim, the Australian actress Eryn-Jean Norvill, who starred with Rush in the play "King Lear" at the Sydney Theater Company between November 2015 and January 2016, indicated that during a rehearsal Rush made lewd gestures about his body .