The judge in the looming defamation showdown between film star Geoffrey Rush and a News Corp publisher has slammed the media company for its “undeniably unsatisfactory” conduct in the lawsuit thus far.
News Corp is trying to blame their source for their lack of verification
The newspaper accused of defaming Geoffrey Rush says the theatre company that confirmed a complaint had been made about Rush’s alleged “inappropriate behaviour” should also have to pay up if the publisher loses the high profile lawsuit.
News Corporation is struggling to mount a legal defence to its allegations against actor Geoffrey Rush. And then there’s the chilling effect on the #metoo campaign. Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers breaks it down. Things are looking grim for the Daily Telegraph in its defence of Geoffrey Rush’s defamation case. The story of the litigation has taken a very distinct turn in Rush’s favour. That story is a courtroom drama and the protagonists are the barristers, lawyers and the judge. Behind the story of the litigation is another story. One that we won’t hear. That’s the story of what actually happened during the production of King Lear. That’s the one with Geoffrey Rush and Eryn Jean Norvill in it. Not the STC, not their co-stars, not the Tele. No-one else really, truly knows what happened. Only them. By commencing this defamation action, Rush seeks vindication; proof that he did not commit the acts of which he was publicly accused. The legal system tries its very best to provide actual vindication and find actual truth. But often it can’t. Cases like the Rush case make this painfully clear. The judge will make his decision based on the pleadings, which document the parties’ cl
Murdoch’s opinionated press is on the road to failure in its defence of Defamation against Geoffrey Rush. A reminder of just how loose with the facts it’s writers in fact are. How many times has Andrew Bolt been found guilty in similar cases or required to make an unpublicized settlement. Yet another case of David and Goliath it seems. (OD)
And when did we start assuming guilt on the basis of an anonymous and unsubstantiated complaint, while denying the alleged defendant any access to due process and natural justice?
This entire situation stinks like a dead cod left in the sun.
Or, as Shakespeare more eloquently put it:
‘Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides …’
~ King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1.