SYDNEY: Hollywood star Geoffrey Rush won an Australian record multi-million-dollar payout on Thursday (May 23) after a court found that the Sydney newspaper defamed him.
Local media reported the Oscar-winning actor has been awarded almost US $ 2 million for lost earnings and compensation, after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior toward female members
In a front-page article published in 2017, the Daily Telegraph wrote that the Sydney Theater Company received and complaint that Rush had inappropriately touched a female co-star during a staging of "King Lear"
A Sydney judge had described the content as a "recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism".
The paper owned by Rupert Murdoch, had appealed the initial ruling that was part of the compensation.
Australia's defamation laws are notoriously strict.
The Age newspaper said t He won the Best Actor Academy Award in 1997 for his role in "Shine" and is one of the few stars to have also won in the Golden Globe, and Emmy and a Tony Award.