Just days after a complaint of inappropriate behavior was filed against Geoffrey Rush, the actor resigned from his presidency at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
“Certain recent media reports have made untenable allegations concerning my standing in the entertainment community,” Rush said in a statement released through his lawyer, Nicholas Pullen. “It is unreasonable that my professional colleagues should be somehow associated with such allegations. In the circumstances, I have decided to step aside in my ambassadorial role as president of AACTA effective immediately and until these issues have been resolved.
“This decision has not been made lightly,” Rush continued. “However, in the current climate of innuendo and unjustifiable reporting, I believe the decision to make a clean break to clear the air is the best for all concerned.”
The Sydney Theatre Company received a complaint alleging that the 66-year-old actor had engaged in inappropriate behavior and his engagement with STC had ended.
The details of the claim were not revealed and Rush is denying the allegations against him.
“The moment I became aware of rumors 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,” he said in a statement.
“They refused to illuminate me with the details. I also asked why this information was being withheld, and why, according to standard theatre practice the issue had not been raised with me during the production via stage management, the director, my fellow actors or anyone at management level. However, no response was forthcoming,” he added.
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, which held their 7th annual awards ceremony only days after the allegations, has accepted Rush’s decision to resign.