Geoffrey Rush prepares to face the media in December 2017 (Image: AAP/Wayne Taylor)

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

“The situation is intolerable and I must now seek vindication of my good name”

Geoffrey Rush launched defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph by reading slowly and deliberately from a prepared statement in the Melbourne city offices of his law firm HWL Ebsworth on December 8, 2017, just days after the "King Leer" story landed: