Actor Geoffrey Rush denies new sexual harassment allegations from former protege, Yael Stone

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  • Australia will be rocked by the latest allegations against the award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush put forward in Sunday’s New York Times, this time from his one time protege, Yael Stone.
  • Stone told The Times that she alleges Rush “danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while the two shared the stage performing at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre in “The Diary of a Madman” in 2010 and 2011.
  • Rush denies the allegations.
  • Alongside the other Academy Award winning Australian actor, Cate Blanchett, Rush forms a powerful double act that dominates the Australian theatre industry.
  • The star of The King’s Speech has spent much of 2018 in court and is in the process of seeking  damages for defamation from the newspaper that published recent allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the Sydney theatre scene.

By airing allegations of sexual misconduct with the New York Times on Sunday night, the Australian-born actor Yael Stone faces both the challenge of confronting the most powerful man in Australian theatre, but also running the gauntlet of Australia’s upside down libel laws.  

A young Australian stage actor who had informally made a complaint late last year with the Sydney Theatre Company over Rush’s alleged “inappropriate behaviour,” has found this out to her own detriment, being called as the star witness in a defamation case derived from her own complaint to the theatre that employed both her and Rush.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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