Geoffrey Rush Denies 'Inappropriate' Behavior on Set of Stage Play

His co-star Max Cullen, who played the Earl of Gloucester said any allegation of misconduct against the 66-year-old was untrue

His co-star Max Cullen, who played the Earl of Gloucester said any allegation of misconduct against the 66-year-old was untrue

Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush, popularly known for his role as Captain Hector Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films, is denying claims of inappropriate behavior during a 2015-2016 Sydney Theatre Company production of "King Lear".

Rush's lawyer said in a statement that Rush had not been informed of the nature of the complaint by the complainant or the theatre company, either at the time the complaint was made 21 months ago or since.

'"Inappropriate behaviour" may mean abuse, bullying or other forms of reprehensible activity, ' they said. His lawyer added, "It must be made clear from the outset that Mr Rush abhors any form of maltreatment of any person in any form". "In the circumstances, if such a statement has been issued by the STC it is both irresponsible and highly damaging to say the least".

However, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has refuted the accusations branding them "false and untrue" with his lawyers telling the Daily Telegraph he had never heard a complaint about the "matter".

"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".

A new statement from the STC yesterday said that it had responded "truthfully" after being approached by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week.

According to reports, the statement to the newspaper, whose website is subscription-only, said that sometime after "Lear" ended, the company "received a complaint alleging that Mr Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behaviour".

Marvel Releases Teaser Poster For 'Avengers: Infinity War'
The fourth " Avengers " movie will be a key inflexion point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe , according to producer Kevin Feige. In case you haven't noticed, the marketing campaign for Avengers: Infinity War began this week.

'From the moment a bandy-legged, wobbly-limbed Rush ambles forward to utter theatre's most ill-fated demand - "Which of you shall we say doth love us most?" - he is neither too blustery or too brutish, ' the Guardian wrote.

'However, no response was forthcoming'. The complainant has requested that their identity be withheld.

In 1993, he appeared in David Mamet's Oleanna, where he played a university professor locked in a tense battle with one of his students, played by Cate Blanchett who was making her major stage debut after graduating from NIDA.

Rush first rose to global fame when he won an Oscar in 1996 for his performance as David Helfgott in the film Shine.

Rush's performance in King Lear was praised by theatre critics even though they noted some flaws with the overall production.

"Until there is the decency afforded to Mr Rush of what the "inappropriate behaviour" actually is then there is nothing more that can be said at this stage", Mr Pullen said.

Representatives Geoffrey rush commented on the situation.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.