Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush denies accusations of "inappropriate behavior" made against him during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company.
The Company said that Geoffrey was the subject of a protestation after the 2015/2016 production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.
Actor Geoffrey Rush Denies of Doing ‘inappropriate behaviour’ at Sydney Theatre Company
Lawyers for Geoffrey immediately disputed the accusations after the story was published last night. Mr. Geoffrey said he mad a call to Sydney Theatre Company management after hearing rumors of a complaint asking for clarification about the details of the statement.
They refused to illuminate me with 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,
A spokesperson for Sydney Theatre Company said the organization received a complaint alleging that Geoffrey had engaged in inappropriate behavior while he was employed by the STC.
The statement reads:
At the time the complaint was made, the complainant requested that the matter be dealt with confidentially, and did not want Mr Rush notified or involved in any investigation.
STC complied, acting in the interest of the complainant’s health and welfare. As already stated, the Company received the complaint after Mr Rush’s engagement had ended.
It further states:
STC has at all times been clear that this was an allegation made to (not by) STC and not a conclusion of impropriety.
Lawyers for Geoffrey said:
It is a great disappointment to Mr Rush that the STC has chosen to smear his name and unjustifiably damage his reputation in this way.
Not to afford a person their right to know what has been alleged against them let alone not inform them of it but release such information to the public is both a denial of natural justice and is not how our society operates.
At this stage, Mr Rush can only reiterate his statement that he denies having been involved in any “inappropriate behaviour” whatsoever.
Until there is the decency afforded to Mr Rush of what the “inappropriate behaviour” actually is then there is nothing more than can be said at this stage.
Geoffrey first rose to international fame after winning an Oscar in 1996 for his appearance as David Helfgott in the movie Shine.