Geoffrey Rush and his wife Jane Menelaus arrive at court for the first day of the trial (Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)

This is act five in Inq’s series on the media trial of Geoffrey Rush. Read the full series here.

“Mr Moran is a gossip columnist … an investigative journalist he isn’t"

Geoffrey Rush's defamation trial against News Corp subsidiary Nationwide News kicked off on October 22, 2018. The courtroom, on the 18th floor of the Federal Court on Phillip Street in Sydney’s CBD, was packed.