MANAGEMENT for Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush issued a comprehensive statement yesterday denying ­allegations of "inappropriate behaviour" during the 66-year-old veteran actor's time with the Sydney Theatre Company's production of King Lear.

The statement, following The Daily Telegraph's exclusive report yesterday, took aim at the Sydney Theatre Company, alleging that it had "chosen to smear his name and unjustifiably damage his reputation".

It also claimed that: "His treatment of fellow colleagues and everyone he has worked with is always conducted with respect and the ­utmost propriety.

"The allegation made against Mr Rush comes from a statement provided by the Sydney Theatre Company," it reads.

The widely released document says it is understood that the STC's own statement concerns a complaint made to it more than 21 months ago.

"To date, Mr Rush or any of his representatives have not received any representations from the STC or the complainant.

"In other words, there has been no provision of any details, circumstances, allegations or events that can be meaningfully responded to."

It goes on to quote Mr Rush:

"The moment I became aware of rumours of a complaint I immediately phoned and spoke to senior management at the Sydney Theatre Company asking for clarification about the details of the statement.

"They refused to illuminate me with the details."

The statement then says Mr Rush can only reiterate that he denies being involved in any "inappropriate behaviour" whatsoever.



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