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Geoffrey Rush denies allegation of 'inappropriate behaviour' during Sydney 'King Lear' production

Geoffrey Rush denies allegation of 'inappropriate behaviour' during Sydney 'King Lear' production

Geoffrey Rush's co-star has jumped to his defence against an allegation of "inappropriate behaviour" on the set of King Lear. The allegations relate to an incident alleged to have taken place during the company's adaptation of King Lear in 2015.

Quoting the legal statement, the report claimed Rush said he had never been involved in any "inappropriate behavior" and that his "regard, actions and treatment of all the people he has worked with has been impeccable beyond reproach".

Rush is one of Australia's most acclaimed actors.

The Sydney Theatre Company says it received a complaint from a staffer a little under two years ago relating to Rush's time on the production that ran from November 2015 to January 2016, The Daily Telegraph reported. "In the circumstances, if such statement has been issued by the STC it is both irresponsible and highly damaging to say the least".

But about any details of this incident are unknown, also not reported, what exactly was the cause of the complaint, and whether there was inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature.

"They refused to illuminate me with details", he said.

Rush asked why the allegation had not been raised, using standard theatre practice, "during the production via stage management, the director, my fellow actors or anyone at management level".

'However, no response was forthcoming'.

On Thursday an STC spokeswoman said: "Sydney Theatre Company was asked by a News Ltd journalist earlier this month whether it had received a complaint alleging inappropriate behaviour by Mr Rush while he was employed by the company".

Rush, through his lawyers HWL Ebsworth, slammed this explanation and reiterated that neither the complainant nor the STC ever contacted him about the matter.

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"The Company received the complaint when Mr Rush's engagement with the Company had ended".

'STC complied, acting in the interest of the complainant's health and welfare'.

Rush was made aware who made the claims three weeks ago.

Rush, 66, staunchly denied the allegations - although he isn't entirely sure what he's being accused of.

"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".

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

Rush's lawyers said the lack of detail about what the alleged complaint contained was worse "in this current climate".

Rush won the Oscar for best actor in 1997 for the film "Shine", and has also won an Emmy and a Tony. At this stage, Mr Rush can only reiterate his statement that he denies having been involved in any "inappropriate behavior" whatsoever.

Representatives Geoffrey rush commented on the situation.

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