Break-up may air in Rush defamation trial

Geoffrey Rush is seeking further details of a female colleague’s relationship which may show she was experiencing break-up distress at the time of his alleged inappropriate conduct, a Federal Court has heard.

The actor is suing The Daily Telegraph’s publisher and reporter Jonathon Moran over articles about allegations he behaved inappropriately towards a fellow cast member. The 67-year-old denies the claims.

The woman, later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill, played Cordelia – the daughter of Rush’s character – during a Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear in 2015.

Nationwide News and Moran will attempt to prove a defence of truth when the case goes to trial in October.

At a preliminary hearing in the Federal Court on Wednesday, Justice Michael Wigney rejected a request by Rush’s barrister Bruce McClintock SC to access all documents “relating or referring” to Ms Norvill – specifically a relationship and its break-up – since October 2015.

Justice Wigney labelled it “too broad” but agreed a “series of emails” could be made available to Rush’s lawyers.

The break-up is referred to in a counselling record already before the court.

© AAP 2018

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