Claims dismissed as "false and untrue"
Pirates of the Caribbean star Geoffrey Rush has been accused of “inappropriate behaviour” in the workplace, allegations he denies.
The actor has been accused of misconduct by a former colleague from the Sydney Theatre Company. The allegations relate to an incident alleged to have taken place during the company’s adaptation of King Lear in 2015.
The theatre group released a statement to Australia’s Telegraph on Wednesday (November 29), saying that it received a complaint after Rush’s “engagement with the Company had ended”, adding: “The Company continues to work with the complainant to minimise the risk of future instances of the alleged behaviour occurring in its workplace.”
“The complainant has requested that their identity be withheld. STC respects that request and for privacy reasons, will not be making any further comments,” the statement continued.
Rush has denied the accusation through his lawyer, describing his conduct as always having been “impeccable beyond reproach”.
“Mr Rush has not been approached by the Sydney Theatre Company and the alleged complainant nor any representative of either of them concerning the matter you have raised,” said Rush’s lawyer.
“Further, he has not been informed by them of the nature of the complaint and what it involves,” the statement continued: “In the circumstances, if such a statement has been issued by the STC it is both irresponsible and highly damaging to say the least.”
“Your ‘understanding’ of what has occurred is, with the greatest respect, simply fishing and unfounded. It does not warrant comment except that it is false and untrue.”
Rush is best known for playing Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He is also amongst the few people to have won the “Triple Crown of Acting”, picking up an Academy Award, Emmy Award and Tony Award over the course of his career.