Geoffrey Rush does not want to re-represent, he told his wife during a court session on Wednesday.
The 67-year-old Australian actor, who won an Oscar for "Shine" (1996) and with films like "The King's Speech" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" saga on the resume, is suing the Sydney Daily Telegraph for defamation, that it caused him "tremendous emotional and social suffering."
At stake are articles published in November of 2017 where he is accused of inappropriate behavior during the production of the play "King Lear" in 2015 at the Sydney Theater Company. Rush claims he was portrayed as a "pervert" and "sexual predator."
In court, Jane Menelaus recalled that her husband came down when he saw the title of the first article, "King Leer" [um trocadilho que alude a um comportamento lascivo], in November 2017.
"He just cried, 'They just destroyed everything I tried to do,' and then he put his arm around me and cried. altered and changed, his eyes sank into his head, he moved so far from the world, "quoted The Guardian newspaper.
"He does not want to represent again," he added at another point in the session.
He has resigned as chairman of the Australian Film Academy (AACTA) and has not worked since the filming of "Storm Boy" in August 2017, due for release in Australian theaters next January.
In April, the lawyer said he suffered from "lack of sleep and anxiety requiring medication" and believed that his value to the entertainment industry was "irreparably damaged," adding that he rarely left home and "lost his appetite and rarely eats ".
One of the witnesses the Sydney Daily Telegraph will call during the trial is actress Erin-Jean Norvill, who played Cordelia in the play and claims that Rush had inappropriate behavior.
This one denies, but admits that may have said the younger colleague looked like "yummy" [apetitosa], but in the sense that the two "were about to do scenes together that would be intense and distressing."
A second woman, assistant to the production, also accused the actor of having incorrect gestures, which this also denied.