Rush Chokes Up In Court As He Relives ‘That’ Scene
The Oscar winner says he’s not a pervert or a predator and denies being interested in co-star Eryn-Jean Norvill.
Geoffrey Rush wiped away tears in the witness box as he described a scene at the centre of allegations he inappropriately touched his co-star.
He denies ever being inappropriate towards co-star Eryn-Jean Norvill during a 2015-16 production of King Lear at the Sydney Theatre Company.
When asked about the well-known death scene that’s at the centre of the allegations he replied “it’s not a scene you want to fake.”
"I’d always imagined it was my own real life daughter and she’d been hit by a bus. Every night I would reinvent that scene in my mind. I needed that trigger,” he said, his voice wavering as he wiped his face with a tissue.
The Oscar winner says he’s not a pervert or sexual predator and said he’s glad to finally tell his side of the story.
“My identity, my sense of self, my career was under such pejorative media coverage,”he said.
He’s suing over the publication of a poster and several Daily Telegraph articles that accused him of sexual misconduct.
“Did you make groping gestures in the air,” asked his lawyer Bruce McClintock SC.
The actor responded “no I didn’t do that.”
“Did you ever intentionally touch her on the breast?”
“No," the 67-year-old replied.
“Did you ever place your hand on her low back?”
“You committed a sexual assault?”
"False," Rush said.
“Did she ever say something like please stop?”
“No she did not,” the actor finished.
The 67-year-old says he thought their relationship was whimsical.
“I had no inclining. I’m pretty aware of moodscapes within a group of people and I never detected... that I was making her feel uncomfortable or that I was ruffling feathers.”
Late this afternoon cross examination began and the newspapers Barrister Tom Blackburn SC asked Rush about his relationship with Eryn-Jean Norvill prior to the production of King Lear.
He was repeatedly questioned about a text message from June two years ago that read: “I was thinking of you, as I do, more than is socially appropriate.”
It had an emoji with its tongue hanging out but Rush denied it was suggestive, just a joke.
“Socially inappropriate is a weasel word that I use often... in any given context with a number of my friends,” he said.
Adding it was the looniest emoji he could find.
The trail continues on Wednesday.