Rush Denies Licking Lips And Calling Actress 'Scrumptious'
Geoffrey Rush has spent his third day in the witness box denying he called a co-star “scrumptious” but says he may have called Eryn-Jean Norvill “yummy”.
The Daily Telegraph’s barrister Tom Blackburn SC put to the actor he used both words while licking his lips and grunting at Norvill during rehearsals for [King Lear' at the Sydney Theatre Company.
“You said things to her like 'you’re looking very scrumptious today'?" the lawyer started.
“I don’t recall saying that but I might have, I was always in a chirpy mood.” Rush replied.
“You used the word 'yummy' didn’t you?”
“Yes I might have. 'Yummy' has a spirit to it.” Rush conceded.
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Australian actor Geoffrey Rush (centre) leaves the Federal Court in Sydney, Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Rush is suing Nationwide News for defamation. (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito)[/caption]
Rush denies any wrongdoing and is suing the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and one of its journalists over a newsagent poster and articles that alleged the Oscar winner acted inappropriately during the 2015-16 production.
Rush also denies intentionally groping Norvill during the death scene.
“There was no touching of the breast. Did a finger graze the lower part? Possibly,” Rush said.
The 67-year-old says he didn’t stroke Norvill’s back under her shirt off stage either.
“When you started doing that Ms Norvill said 'please stop that'?” Blackburn SC asked.
“I have no recollection of that happening at all,” Rush responded.
“But you did stop?”
“Well I wasn’t doing it so there was nothing to stop,” Rush retorted.
The father of two was also asked how he would feel if his daughter received this text from a man in his sixties, as Norvill did:
"I was thinking of you more than is socially appropriate".
Rush replied, “I can’t think of any context in which that happens.”