Geoffrey Rush receives record payments of $ 2.9 million in defamation

NEWSLETTER: Geoffrey Rush receives $ 2.9 MILLION in the largest libel payment in Australia's history – after the actor had offered to settle with the newspaper for $ 50,000 and an apology

Geoffrey Rush has received a libel payout of $ 2.9 million – the largest in Australian history.

The Daily Telegraph has agreed to pay nearly $ 2 million for lost revenue, in addition to $ 850,000 for a series of reports that mistakenly accuse him of & # 39; inappropriate behavior & # 39; opposite a female actor.

Lawyers for Mr. Rush and the publisher of the Telegraph – Nationwide News, agreed that the actor should receive $ 1.98 million in damages for the future and future economic loss resulting from the reports, the federal court heard on Thursday.

Mr. Rush had offered to settle the case for $ 50,000 and an apology, the court heard.

The 67-year-old, who played Captain Barbossa in Pirates Of The Caribbean, challenged the publisher of Daily Telegraph Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran for two stories and a poster that was published at the end of 2017.

The articles related to an allegation that Mr. Rush behaved inappropriately against a co-star – later turned out to be Eryn Jean Norvill – during a production of King Lear at Theater Company in 2015-16.

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