- Associated Press - Monday, February 19, 2018

SYDNEY (AP) — A lawyer has accused Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush of repeatedly touching an actress inappropriately on a Sydney stage three years ago while he was starring in a production of “King Lear.”

Rush is suing Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the Federal Court for defamation over articles last year which alleged inappropriate behavior and touching during the Sydney Theatre Company production.

The newspaper’s lawyer, Tom Blackburn, told the court on Monday that the actor touched an actress, who has not been named, on five consecutive nights in the last week of the production in a way that made her uncomfortable.

But Rush’s lawyer, Richard McHugh, told the court the accusations were vague.

Blackburn is fighting Rush’s application to have the newspaper’s truth defense struck out.

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