EJ Norvill Returns To Court As Newspaper Calls New Witness
Actress Eryn Jean Norvill, who is at the centre of Geoffrey Rush's defamation battle against the Daily Telegraph has returned to court, as the newspaper attempts a last ditch attempt to call a fresh witness.
The details of the 11th hour bid are suppressed, but the court has heard, the witness has evidence about several of the allegations made against Geoffrey Rush.
Rush denies any wrong doing during a 2015-16 production of King Lear at Sydney Theatre Company.
“In any event your honour, this is vital evidence, it goes to the heart of the matters your honour has to decide,” lawyer for The Daily Telegraph Tom Blackburn SC told the court.
Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney has placed an interim suppression order on the identity of the new potential witness.
They’ve been dubbed Witness “X” until a decision can be made on whether or not such a last minute addition can be made -- given the court is ten days into the trial.
Rush’s lawyer Kieran Smark SC argues any addition would fundamentally change the case.
“Having published what was a shadow of the story they now want permission to run what is in substance a new and different case.” he said.
Earlier, Hollywood lawyer Richard Marks told the court Rush can bounce back despite media reporting of the allegations aired in court.
“Someone of Mr Rush’s stature would overcome that. It only takes one juicy part to change everything.”
Rush’s legal team argued too much damage has been done and a simple Google search is enough to pain the actor as a predator.
“Just because a federal court exonerates him doesn’t mean people on the world wide web will believe it,” barrister Sue Chrysanthou put to Marks.
“People on the web believe the world is flat,” he responded.
“Exactly,” she replied.
“I can’t argue with the lunatic fringe,” Marks countered.
Marks' evidence finished with a burst of laughter from everyone in court.
Later, Justice Wigney asked the Hollywood lawyer,"Has anybody ever said ... you look and sound remarkably like Jack Nicholson?”
Marks responded “yes” and told the Justice he gets asked for autographs when he puts on his Ray Bans.
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