Rush defamation case back in Sydney court

Actor Geoffrey Rush speaks outside the Supreme Court in Sydney after winning his defamation case.
Actor Geoffrey Rush speaks outside the Supreme Court in Sydney after winning his defamation case.

The defamation case between actor Geoffrey Rush and a newspaper publisher is expected to be back before a Sydney court this week.

Rush won the defamation case in April with Justice Michael Wigney finding The Daily Telegraph's publisher Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran defamed the Oscar winner in articles that made him out to be a pervert and sexual predator.

The judge said they were reckless regarding the truth when they reported Rush had been accused of inappropriate behaviour toward a co-star - later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill - during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear.

Another actress, known during the trial as Witness X, also made allegations Rush had acted inappropriately toward her years earlier during a Sydney play.

That witness was revealed earlier this month as Orange Is The New Black star Yael Stone.

Nationwide News and Moran are appealing Justice Wigney's defamation decision on the basis his conduct "gave rise to an apprehension of bias".

The matter is expected before the NSW Federal Court on Monday for a procedural hearing.

Australian Associated Press