Revealed: Geoffrey Rush's record-breaking claim of $ 25 million for libel against the newspaper

Revealed: The details of Geoffrey Rush's libelous claim on the newspaper against $ 25 million

  • A legal advisor error for actor Geoffrey Rush has revealed the payout amount
  • The actor is seeking up to $ 25 million in compensation from the newspaper publisher
  • The civil case concerns an article from 2017 in which it was claimed that the actor bothered fellow stars

Brett Lackey for Daily Mail Australia

A mistake made by lawyers for the Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has revealed the huge amount of money the actor is complaining of in his defamation case against a newspaper publisher.

The 67-year-old sued Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran after The Daily Telegraph had completed a story in 2017 claiming to be inappropriate for a female cast member during a play at the Sydney Theater Company in 2015-16.

A document uploaded to the online case file on the federal court website and discovered on the Buzzfeed website has been incorrectly edited, revealing the payout that Rush is trying to get as high as $ 25 million.

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A mistake by the legal advisor of the Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has revealed the huge amount of money the actor complains of in his defamation case against a newspaper publisher

A mistake by the legal advisor of the Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has revealed the huge amount of money the actor complains of in his defamation case against a newspaper publisher

The document had black boxes above certain text that could easily be moved or, if the text block was copied and pasted to another document, the frames would disappear.

It is assumed that the document, in which the final arguments of the actress barristers Bruce McClintock SC and Sue Chrysanthou were outlined, was uploaded by lawyer staff and not by court staff.

The figure was calculated by accountant Terence Potter, who estimated that a 75 per cent work loss in the next ten years would result in $ 25.3 million lost revenue.

The figure is more than $ 17 million higher than the current record for a defamation paid by radio host Alan Jones and 2GB and 4BC stations ordered to pay $ 3.4 million after Jones suggested the Wagner family from Queensland was responsible for a dozen deaths during the 2011 Grantham floods.

Actor Rebel Wilson briefly held the record for the highest payout after the Bauer media had been commissioned to pay $ 4.5 million for a series of articles in its magazines, but an appeal reduced the amount to $ 600,000.

It was one of a number of scenarios of which the accountant had the hypothesis that this resulted in predicted income losses of $ 2 million on the other side of the scale.

A loss of 25 percent in the work would result in a loss of income of about $ 7.5 according to Potter's estimates.

The three-week process was held last year in the Australian Federal Court with a testimony by actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who played in the play with Rush, which was the cornerstone of Nationwide News' defense.

The three-week trial was held last year in the Australian Federal Court with testimony of actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who also starred in the play with Rush, which was the cornerstone of Nationwide News's defense

The three-week trial was held last year in the Australian Federal Court with testimony of actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who also starred in the play with Rush, which was the cornerstone of Nationwide News's defense

The three-week trial was held last year in the Australian Federal Court with testimony of actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who also starred in the play with Rush, which was the cornerstone of Nationwide News's defense

Ms. Norvill, on whom the original story of 2017 was based, claimed that Rush had behaved inappropriately during the run of the play.

He also claims $ 800,000 in compensation in general, which accounts for reputational damage rather than loss of income, and is usually limited to $ 398,500, but his lawyers argued that it should be higher due to aggravating behavior from Nationwide News.

If he wins the case, it is up to judge Michael Wigney to decide how much he should receive as compensation.

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