Actress Eryn-Jean Norvill’s name has been added to the witness list in Geoffrey Rush’s defamation case against The Daily Telegraph.
Norvill had appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company production of King Lear, alongside Rush.
Her statement alleging inappropriate behaviour was tendered to the Federal Court yesterday. Her inclusion is expected to dramatically change the high profile legal case.
The newspaper’s lawyer Alec Leopold SC argued Norvill was “relatively junior actor” who “would be reluctant to come out” against Rush who was a “very senior, indeed iconic, actor”.
But Justice Wigney said when The Daily Telegraph had published the stories last year, it had “plainly not spoken to the actress” and “not secured her co-operation”.
Rush has denied all allegations.
The trial is expected to start at the end of October.