Geoffrey Rush denies allegations of 'inappropriate behaviour' in play

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rush's lawyers, in multiple statements, said, "In this current environment, "inappropriate behaviour" may mean abuse, bullying or other forms of reprehensible activity".

The allegation of "inappropriate behaviour" dates back to 2015, when Rush was playing King Lear at the Sydney Theatre Company. "These are matters that deserve forthright and objective levels of discussion", said the statement provided by his lawyer, Nicholas Pullen of HWL Ebsworth Lawyers.

The widely released document says it is understood that the STC's own statement concerns a complaint made to it more than 21 months ago. They denied all charges and stated that no information about complaints from the Sydney Theatre Company in the direction of the artist is not received.

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".

Rush further elaborated that releasing this information to the public without presenting him the full details is a "denial" of natural justice and "not how our society operates".

"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".

"STC responded truthfully that it had received such a complaint", it said.

The 66-year-old acting legend yesterday said he "immediately phoned and spoke to senior management" at the STC when he became aware of rumours there was a complaint.

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'However, no response was forthcoming'. The identify of the complainant had been withheld at the request of the individual.

The complaint against Geoffrey Rush wasn't made until after his run as King Lear ended in January 2016.

Rising young actor Meyne Raoul Wyatt, who appeared in King Lear, said he believed his castmate's version of events.

The lawyers said until there was "decency afford" to Rush about what the "inappropriate behaviour" actually was, there was little to respond to.

Rush's statement said he abhorred "any form of maltreatment of any person in any form".

"I believe (the person who) has come forward".

Rush won an Academy Award for best actor in 1997 for the film Shine and was named Australian of the year in 2012. At this stage, Mr Rush can only reiterate his statement that he denies having been involved in any "inappropriate behavior" whatsoever.

For 35 years, Academy-award victor Geoffrey Rush has regularly performed at the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) in Australia.

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