Daily Tele loses Geoffrey Rush defamation appeal

The Daily Telegraph has lost its appeal against the massive defamation payout to Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush.

Rush was awarded almost $2.9 million last year after articles published in the newspaper were found to be defamatory.

It’s the largest payout ever awarded to a single plaintiff.


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The Federal Court ruled the articles and a poster suggested Rush was a pervert and sexual predator.

The stories alleged Rush acted inappropriately towards actor Eryn Jean Norvill, who was a co-star in a theatre production of King Lear.

He was awarded $850,000 in general damages and a further $2 million to cover his economic losses.

The full court of the Federal Court today dismissed the appeal and ruled the damages were not excessive.

More to come.

 

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