18 Dec 2018

Geoffrey Rush denies misconduct allegations by co-star Yael Stone

7:31 am on 18 December 2018

Australian actor Geoffrey Rush has denied new allegations that he acted inappropriately towards an actress.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Geoffrey Rush attends The 2017 Australian Emmy Nominee Sunset Reception on September 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.   Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Australians In Film/AFP

Actress Yael Stone has alleged that actor Geoffrey Rush danced naked in her presence, watched her shower and sent her sexual text messages. Mr Rush denies the allegations. Photo: AFP

Orange is the New Black actress Yael Stone said the incidents took place when she and the Oscar-winning actor starred in a Sydney play in 2010-11.

She alleges that Mr Rush danced naked in her presence, watched her shower, and sent her sexual text messages.

Earlier this year, actress Eryn Jean Norvill accused Mr Rush of touching her inappropriately - a claim he denies.

On Monday, Mr Rush responded to Ms Stone's allegations, saying they were "incorrect" and in some instances "taken completely out of context".

"Clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work," the actor said in a statement released by his lawyer.

"I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress."

'Incredibly uncomfortable'

In interviews with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and The New York Times, Ms Stone alleged that a string of incidents took place during a production of The Diary of a Madman.

Yael Stone in  New York City in 2017.

Orange is the New Black actress Yael Stone has alleged that Australian actor Geoffrey Rush acted inappropriately towards her. Photo: AFP

The Australian actress, then 25, received text messages from her co-star, then 59, that became "increasingly sexual" in nature, according to her accounts.

She also alleged that the Oscar winner had once held a mirror above her when she was showering in an attempt to see her naked.

"I believe it was made in the spirit of a joke. The fact is it made me incredibly uncomfortable," she told the ABC.

Ms Stone said she did not complain at the time because she feared it would harm her career.

"There was no part of my brain considering speaking to anyone in any official capacity. This was a huge star," she told the US outlet.

Mr Rush is currently fighting a defamation case in Australia against a newspaper which published reports of the case involving Ms Norvill. The court is yet to reach a verdict.