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‘No evidence’ Geoffrey Rush could not work after allegations

Outside court: Geoffrey Rush PICTURE: EPA

OSCAR-WINNER Geoffrey Rush offered no evidence that he was unable to work or had fewer job offers after newspaper articles over his alleged behaviour towards an actress, a court heard.

The Shine actor, 68, was awarded an Australian record of A$2.9million (£1.5million) damages by a Sydney judge in a defamation case against publisher Nationwide News in May.

Now the publisher is appealing the size of Rush’s damages and the ruling that he was defamed by reports in Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph accusing him of inappropriate behaviour towards actress Eryn Jean Norvill.

The publisher’s lawyer, Tom Blackburn, told federal court judges that the original trial heard no evidence Rush was unable to work because of damage to his reputation.

The hearing is planned to end today.