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Actors Yael Stone and Geoffrey Rush

When Eryn Jean Norvill walked out of the Federal Court, having been subjected to a hammering by Geoffrey Rush’s barristers in their quest to destroy her credibility, it felt as if a pivotal moment in Australia’s version of the Me Too moment had arrived. The mysterious Witness X, who had promised to drop a second bucket on Rush, was excluded from his defamation case, leaving a big question mark dangling as the judge called time and commenced his deliberations.

Now, we are in the eye of the storm as the growing deluge of accusations against high-profile men meets the uniquely harsh defensive line of Australian defamation law. Rush stands accused, afresh.