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>> An actress has told an Australian court that Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush deliberately touched her breast on set and humiliated her with sexual jokes in front of her colleagues. The allegations have become part of the first defamation case for Australia to come out of the MeToo era. Eryn-Jean Norvill is testifying for the defense of News Corp which owns Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Russia is suing News Corp over a series of articles published last year that alleged he was the subject of a complaint to the Sydney Theatre Company over a production of King Lear, that both he and Norvill started in 2015.>> It's false pejorative and demeaning claims. The paper didn't name the accuser or specifics in the articles.
Norvill says he acted inappropriately to several women. But Rush denies all of it. Says it ruined his career and is seeking damages. And was an attempt by the paper to force an Australian angle to the MeToo movement. Norvill also told the court that Rush would often look at her, lick his lips and growl.
She stayed silent at the time in fear of his star power.