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Actor Geoffrey Rush wins record US$1.9mn in Daily Telegraph #MeToo defamation case

Actor Geoffrey Rush has received the largest defamation payout to a single plaintiff in Australian history, to the tune of AU$2.9 (US$1.9mn) million in his case against the Daily Telegraph over sexual misconduct allegations. The newspaper was ordered to pay the Oscar-winning actor just shy of AU$2 million (US$1.3mn) for lost earnings, on top of a previously-awarded AU$850,000 (US$584,234) payout for “personal distress and hurt,” plus interest, over a series of reports by the paper which accused Rush of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a female actor.Australian Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney ruled in the actor's favor Thursday for past and future economic loss suffered as a result of the Daily Telegraph's reports, which amounts to the sum of $1.98 million (US$1.3). Rush reportedly offered to settle the case previously for just $50,000 (US$34,369), plus legal costs and an apology from the newspaper.Also on rt.com ‘Unlimited power’ or ‘ridiculous’: BuzzFeed brawls with Tony Robbins over hit pieceActor Eryn Jean Norvill, who starred in the Sydney Theatre Company's 2015-16 production of King Lear alon ...Read more

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