SYDNEY: Academy award-winner Geoffrey Rush on Monday faced fresh allegations of inappropriate behaviour by an actress, amid his defamation battle with an Australian newspaper over separate swear.
Australian actress Yael Stone, who stars in Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black”, toldThe New York Timesthat Rush had danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, when she starred opposite him in theatre production “The Diary of a Madman” in 2010 and 2011.
33-year-old also says he used a mirror to watch her as she showered, sent her erotic text messages.
Rush said in a statement published by US newspaper that Stones allegations were “incorrect and in some instances have been taken totally out of context”.
“However, clearly Yael has been disturb on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work,” the Australian actor added.
“I sincerely and deeply feel sorrow at if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention.”
Rush, 67, is suing Sydneys Daily Telegraphnewspaper after a front-page story in Nov last year reported that the Sydney Theatre Company received a complaint about him when he was working there.
The allegations by Stone were published in a Times opinion column about the legal challenges of going public in Australia amid global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
Rush won the Best Actor Academy Award in 1997 for his role in “Shine” and is one of few stars to have also won a primetime Emmy and a Tony Award.