"Maybe Eryn Jean Norvill should sue the Tele too: its decision to run with the Rush story without her consent has ended in severe damage to her reputation as well as Rush's".
Tom Blackburn, SC, for Nationwide News, told the Federal Court in November previous year that the Telegraph's first front-page report had been "carefully constructed" to emphasise the actor's denials.
Since the accusations against Weinstein in 2017, scores of powerful men have been accused of sexual harassment or assault in a movement dubbed #MeToo. Wigney called the newspaper report "a recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism". The stories were initially written without the permission or involvement of the alleged victim, later revealed to be his King Lear co-star Eryn Norvill.
Telegraph editor Ben English said the newspaper was "disappointed" with Justice Wigney's findings and his dismissal of Norvill's evidence.
Rush, 67, said the articles were hastily compiled because the Telegraph wanted an Australian angle on accusations of sexual assault leveled at USA film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Justice Wigney said at the time that there was "considerable merit" in Blackburn's argument but the denials would have had more force if the article had not been headlined "King Leer".
He added that Norvill had "essentially been dragged into the spotlight" by the newspaper.
"There are no winners in this case", he said outside the courtroom, according to Variety.
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The judge ruled that story was also defamatory, in part because it suggested Mr Rush had allegedly inappropriately touched an actor, and those claims were supported by at least two other STC actors and various unnamed sources.
She also gave evidence Rush rubbed her on her lower back under her shirt, "up to the line of her jeans", "very softly and lightly" tracing the skin above the waistband while they were offstage.
One cast member, Mark Leonard Winter, did tell the court he saw Rush place his hand on Norvill's breast - which was not an action seen during the stage performance. She said she felt "frightened", "threatened" and "belittled". Armfield and Rush rejected that account.
Norvill said outside court she stood by her evidence. Rush always denied the allegations.
"No, I did not", Rush replied. She outlined further allegations of misconduct against Rush, who played her father in the production.
"In the beginning, she had heard rumours about Geoffrey's behaviour in the past but believed she had a platonic, intellectual relationship with him, and didn't feel the need to steer clear of him", Crowe wrote.
He became emotional when he said that to perform the death scene, he imagined "it was my own real-life daughter and that she'd been hit by a bus on the street near where we live. and I knew she was gone".
The outlet reported Wigney questioned Norvill's credibility and said her claims were not supported by three of her theater colleagues.