Famous Witness Who Wasn't Allowed To Testify Against Rush
The ‘witness X’ whose evidence was never heard in the Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush’s defamation battle against the Daily Telegraph is Hollywood actress Yael Stone.
A Federal Court has just removed the suppression order for her name to be masked.
Justice Michael Wigney in April found Daily Telegraph publisher Nationwide News and journalist Jonathon Moran defamed the Oscar-winning actor in articles which made him out to be a pervert and sexual predator.
The judge said they were reckless regarding the truth of their story when they reported Rush had been accused of inappropriate behaviour in 2017.
He awarded the Oscar-winner $850,000 in aggravated and general damages and set down a hearing for Friday to consider special damages for lost earnings.
The Telegraph and Moran largely relied on the evidence of actor Eryn Jean Norvill during a defamation trial in the NSW Federal Court in 2018.
She alleged Rush sexually harassed her during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear in 2015-16 when she played the daughter of his titular character.
Justice Wigney ultimately found she was at times "prone to exaggeration and embellishment" and he wasn't persuaded she was entirely credible.