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‘Journalism of the very worst kind’ judge rules in favour of Geoffrey Rush

With the judge ruling in favour of Geoffrey Rush, one has to wonder is to come of Eryn Norvill, the actor who raised the complaint, who was thrust into the national limelight.

 

 

Not too long ago the gavel fell, finding in favour of Geoffrey Rush, siding with him over the Daily Telegraph’s infamous ‘King Leer’ front page. Ostensibly, the judge in question (Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney), found that the handlers of the Telegraph, Nationwide News, failed to prove that the allegations in the 2017 piece were “substantially” true.

“This was, in all circumstances a recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism of the very worst kind,” Wigney said, before adding that he thought that Eryn Jean Norvill, the actor involved in the allegations, was a witness prone to “exaggeration and embellishment,” and that he “accepted the evidence of Mr Rush. I did not accept the evidence of Ms Norvill.”

Clearly, there is much blood on the hands of the Telegraph, who not only will take a financial hit, they’ve also damaged the reputation of not only Geoffrey Rush, but also Eryn Norvill, who unlike Rush, does not have the fiduciary/industry support that Rush’s stardom affords. Early on in the process, Norvill wanted her complaint to be kept confidential, per the ABC, “…Barrister Tom Blackburn SC said Ms Norvill was a young but accomplished actor, who had been an impressive and brave witness who never embellished her answers. He said Ms Norvill did not want revenge or personal publicity and agreed to give evidence about Mr Rush because she did not want other women to be subjected to his alleged inappropriate behaviour…”She wanted her complaint to be kept confidential … she didn’t want to make a formal complaint,” Mr Blackburn said. “There is absolutely nothing in these proceedings for Ms Norvill except stress and anxiety.””

Yet, at the conclusion of the matter (and not being on trial), Norvill is certainly involved, inexorably linked to the case. Clearly, the industry has distanced themselves from her allegations (as they largely went uncorroborated, bar Orange is the New Black’s Yael Stone’s similar allegations against Rush), it’s fair to say that she’ll be punished for speaking out, especially now that the ruling is final. The Telegraph can take the hit, but can Eryn Norvill?

 

 

 

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