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Geoffrey Rush Denies Accusations of Inappropriate Behavior by Australian Theatre Company

Oscar winner, Geoffrey Rush, denies accusations of alleged “inappropriate behavior” during a 2015 production of “King Lear” by the Sidney Theater Company in Australia.

Australia’s Daily Telegraph published a statement from the theatre company that said it had “a complaint alleging that Mr Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behavior. The Company received the complaint when Mr Rush’s engagement with the Company had ended.”

The company’s statement added, “The Company continues to work with the complainant to minimize the risk of future instances of the alleged behavior occurring in its workplace. The complainant has requested that their identity be withheld. STC respects that request and for privacy reasons, will not be making any further comments.”

“The moment I became aware of rumours of a complaint I immediately phoned and spoke to senior management at the Sydney Theatre Company asking for clarification about the details of the statement,” the actor responded directly in a  statement issued by his legal team, HWL Ebsworth. “They refused to illuminate me with the details. I also asked why this information was being withheld, and why, according to standard theatre practice the issue had not been raised with me during the production via stage management, the director, my fellow actors or anyone at management level. However, no response was forthcoming.”

The statement also includes that the actor’s behavior has always been professional. “His treatment of fellow colleagues and everyone he has worked with is always conducted with respect and utmost propriety,” his representatives said. “Whether on a film set or in the theatre, Mr Rush has always adhered to the finest professional principles in pursuit of his craft.”

“To date, Mr Rush or any of his representatives have not received any representations from the STC or the complainant. In other words, there has been no provision of any details, circumstances, allegations or events that can be meaningfully responded to,” said the Academy Award winner’s spokesperson. “It is a great disappointment to Mr Rush that STC has chosen to smear his name and unjustifiably damage his reputation.”

The statement concludes: “At this stage, Mr Rush can only reiterate his statement that he denies having been involved in any ‘inappropriate behavior‘ whatsoever. Until there is the decency afforded to Mr Rush of what the ‘inappropriate behavior’ actually is then there is nothing more that can be said at this stage.

The Sydney Theatre Company has not issue any new response to Rush comments. The last thing the organization said on the matter was on November 3, when they released a statement saying it stands “together to say that sexual harassment and abuse in any form is unacceptable.”

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