Rush's lawyer labels cross-claim 'absurd'

April 16, 2018

A bid for a theatre company to be a defendant in Geoffrey Rush's lawsuit is absurd, his lawyer says.

The Daily Telegraph's bid for a theatre company to become another defendant in Geoffrey Rush's defamation lawsuit is absurd, the actor's lawyer has told a Sydney judge.

Sue Chrysanthous said any "publication" by the Sydney Theatre Company was made to only one person - the newspaper's own journalist Jonathon Moran - compared with the damage caused to the Oscar winner by the tabloid's publication to one million people.

She was responding to an application in the Federal Court on Monday by the newspaper's lawyer, Alec Leopold SC, to bring a cross-claim against the theatre company and to amend its defence.

The 66-year-old actor is suing for defamation over Telegraph articles alleging he behaved inappropriately with a colleague during the company's production of King Lear in 2015.

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