Further to the story published earlier today (read it here) reporting on allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” by actor Geoffrey Rush during his time working on Sydney Theatre Company’s production of King Lear, STC has issued an updated statement to the media:

Sydney Theatre Company was asked by a News Ltd journalist earlier this month whether it had received a complaint alleging inappropriate behaviour by Mr Rush while he was employed by the company. STC responded truthfully that it had received such a complaint.

At the time the complaint was made, the complainant requested that the matter be dealt with confidentially, and did not want Mr Rush notified or involved in any investigation. STC complied, acting in the interest of the complainant’s health and welfare.  As already stated, the Company received the complaint after Mr Rush’s engagement had ended.

STC has at all times been clear that this was an allegation made to (not by) STC and not a conclusion of impropriety.