Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffery Rush is denying inappropriate behaviour during the production of King Lear.
In a statement provided by his lawyers, Rush strongly denied any involvement in any inappropriate behaviour. "These are matters that deserve forthright and objective levels of discussion", said Rush's lawyer in a statement. "It must be made clear from the outset that Mr. Rush abhors any form of maltreatment of any person in any form".
"In the circumstances, if such a statement has been issued by the STC it is both irresponsible and highly damaging to say the least", the statement continued.
"The Company received the complaint when Mr Rush's engagement with the Company had ended".
"At the time the complaint was made, the complainant requested that the matter be dealt with confidentially, and did not want Mr Rush notified or involved in any investigation", it added. His lawyer has spoken with Daily Mail, telling the publication that Rush had never been told about the alleged complaint by STC or the complainant.
For 35 years, Academy-award victor Geoffrey Rush has regularly performed at the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) in Australia.
JAMES GREEN Geoffrey Rush in the publicity
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", Rush said in a statement. The complainant in question asked for their identity to be withheld. The play ran from November 2015 to January 2016. A spokesperson for the company told Australia's The Daily Telegraph newspaper that the allegations of Rush's misconduct reportedly took place over a time period of several months, although it's not clear whether or not that included rehearsal time too.
"An accusation that has been made by someone about Geoffery Rush's behaviour".
Rising young actor Meyne Raoul Wyatt, who appeared in King Lear, said he believed his castmate's version of events.
'From the moment a bandy-legged, wobbly-limbed Rush ambles forward to utter theatre's most ill-fated demand - "Which of you shall we say doth love us most?" - he is neither too blustery or too brutish, ' the Guardian wrote.
Director Neil Armfield, who worked withRush on King Lear, told the ABC that he did not believe the allegation.
Rush won the Oscar for best actor in 1997 for the film "Shine", and has also won an Emmy and a Tony.