Geoffrey Rush denies allegations of inappropriate behaviour

Geoffrey Rush said he abhorred''any form of maltreatment of any person in any form

The Oscar-winning Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has denied accusations of "inappropriate behaviour" with a fellow cast member during a production of King Lear in Sydney.

The STC production of King Lear ran from November 2015 to January 2016.

When contacted by the publication about the claim, Rush's lawyers at HWL Ebsworth said in a statement that the actor had never been involved in any "inappropriate behaviour" and that his "regard, actions and treatment of all the people he has worked with has been impeccable beyond reproach".

"Until there is the decency afforded to Mr Rush of what the "inappropriate behaviour" actually is then there is nothing more than can be said at this stage".

The Daily Telegraph reports the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) said it received a complaint against the Oscar victor about alleged misconduct that had gone on for months.

According to reports, the statement to the newspaper, whose website is subscription-only, said that sometime after "Lear" ended, the company "received a complaint alleging that Mr Geoffrey Rush had engaged in inappropriate behaviour". The story did not detail what the alleged inappropriate behavior was and did not say that it was sexual in nature.

'However, no response was forthcoming'. His lawyer accused the Sydney Theatre Company of attempting to "smear his name". "Not to afford a person their right to know what has been alleged against them let alone not inform them of it but release such information to the public is both a denial of natural justice and is not how our society operates".

The STC said it is still working "with the complainant to minimize the risk of future instances of the alleged behavior occurring in its workplace".

Geoffrey Rush in the publicity
JAMES GREEN Geoffrey Rush in the publicity

The Sydney company explained it had been asked by a journalist if it had ever received a complaint, and "responded truthfully".

In 1993, he appeared in David Mamet's Oleanna, where he played a university professor locked in a tense battle with one of his students, played by Cate Blanchett who was making her major stage debut after graduating from NIDA.

Rush made his debut with the STC in the 1982 in You Can't Take It with You with Alexander Hay and Gordon McDougall.

"I believe (the person who) has come forward".

Rush won the Oscar for best actor in 1997 for the film "Shine", and has also won an Emmy and a Tony.

In their statement, Rush's lawyers said they understood the complaint was made "over 21 months ago" and that the STC had originally released its statement "some weeks ago".

The STC company said it would not be commenting further on the matter involving Geoffrey Rush, pictured here last month.

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