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Geoffrey Rush Defamation Trial With Newspaper Continues

GEOFFREY RUSH PURSUES HIS DEFAMATION TRIAL AGAINST SYDNEY'S DAILY TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER

Geoffrey Rush's defamation trial against a Sydney newspaper is set to continue after the Oscar-winning actor conceded it was possible he told a co-star she looked "yummy".

Rush, 67, spent three days in the witness box this week as he tries to prove he was defamed by articles and a poster about an allegation he behaved inappropriately toward an acting colleague.

Under cross-examination on Wednesday, Rush said it was possible he told fellow actor Eryn Jean Norvill she looked "yummy" during rehearsals for a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear.

"Yummy has a spirit to it because we are about to go into - most of our scenes together are going to be very dramatic and harrowing, this is a good start," Rush said in response to questions by defence barrister Tom Blackburn SC.

He said he might have told her she looked very scrumptious but he had no recollection of it.

GEOFFREY RUSH'S WIFE SPEAKS AS WITNESS IN COURT ABOUT HOW THE DEFAMATION ACCUSATION HAS AFFECTED HIM

The veteran Australian star's wife, Jane Menelaus, also appeared as a witness on Wednesday, telling the court her husband held her and wept after the story broke in November 2017 and that he didn't wish to act again.

"For 11 months we've been going round and round in circles, trying to understand why someone would hate us so much," she said.

Rush is suing the Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathon Moran over articles about an allegation he behaved inappropriately toward his co-star - later revealed to be Norvill - during the 2015-16 production.

Rush denies the allegation and argues the paper made him out to be a pervert and a sexual predator.

The paper's publisher, Nationwide News, and Moran are pleading a defence of truth and Norvill - who didn't speak with Moran for the articles - has agreed to give evidence.

The judge-alone trial before Justice Michael Wigney continues.

AAP

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