Geoffrey Rush to sue Daily Telegraph

Geoffrey Rush is suing over sexual misconduct allegations

The newspaper published allegations last month that Rush had engaged in "inappropriate behaviour" during a Sydney Theatre Company (STC) production of King Lear.

"Mr Rush has not been approached by the Sydney Theatre Company and the alleged complainant nor any representative of either of them concerning the matter you have raised", Nine News reports the letter saying. Rush asserted that the situation was "intolerable" and that the paper had made "false, pejorative, and demeaning claims" against him.

'Today I have filed defamation proceeding against the Daily Telegraph in the Federal Court of Australia, ' Mr Rush told reporters.

The newspaper, owned by News Corp Australia, ran allegations against Rush that he called hyperbolic and untrue.

"They have splashed spurious claims with bombastic titles on their front pages", the Oscar-winning actor said in a brief press conference in Melbourne.

The allegations have come after a string of high profile sexual abuse complaints against entertainment industry heavyweights such as Harvey Weinstien, Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer.

The newspaper said it would defend its reporting.

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Rush, who is best known for The King's Speech and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, fronted media on Friday afternoon with his lawyer to make the announcement.

The company did not say what action it had taken in response to the complaint or whether they would work with Rush in the future.

He has previously said that he had not been informed of the existence or nature of any complaint.

A company spokesperson said the complainant requested the allegation be dealt with confidentially, and did not want Rush notified or involved in any investigation.

Last week Rush resigned as head of film industry body Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), which he had led for several years. "We will defend our position in court", Dore said.

The Daily Telegraph has yet to issue comment on the legal proceedings.

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