"Orange Is the New Black" star Yael Stone accuses Geoffrey Rush of sexual misconduct

Stone says the actor tried to watch her shower and more while they worked together in 201

Published December 17, 2018 5:56PM (EST)

Yael Stone (Getty/Jamie McCarthy)
Yael Stone (Getty/Jamie McCarthy)

This article originally appeared on IndieWire.

Yael Stone, an Australian actress best known for her starring role on Netflix’s comedy-drama series “Orange Is the New Black,” has accused Geoffrey Rush of sexual harassment. In an interview with The New York Times, Stone alleges Rush acted inappropriately with her while they worked together on a 2010 production of “The Diary of a Madman” in Sydney, Australia. Stone has played convict Lorna Morello since the first season of “Orange Is the New Black.”

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Stone told The Times that Rush’s inappropriate behavior included sending her sexually explicit text messages, exposing his penis to her in the dressing room, joining her uninvited as she took a nap backstage, using a mirror to watch her shower, and touching her in a “very sexual manner” at an awards show. Yael said, “There was no part of my brain considering speaking to anyone in any official capacity. This was a huge star. What were they going to do? Fire Geoffrey and keep me?”

“I’ve been in that particular dressing room in Sydney on many occasions with many wonderfully talented actors and many wonderfully talented clowns,” the actress continued. “And people have made me belly laugh till I couldn’t breathe. Never once has someone needed to show me their penis to do that.”

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Rush reacted to Stone’s accusations by telling The Times they are “incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context.”

“However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work,” Rush said in a statement. “I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention. When we performed in ‘The Diary Of A Madman’ 8 years ago, I believe we engaged in a journey as artistic comrades. Over the years we have shared correspondence that always contained a mutual respect and admiration. As I have said in the past, I abhor any behavior that might be considered as harassment or intimidation to anyone – whether in the workplace or any other environment.”

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Stone’s allegation is the latest made against Rush. The actor sued an Australian tabloid earlier this year for defamation over running sexual misconduct claims made by an actress who appeared in a production of “King Lear” with him. In addition to “Orange Is the New Black,” Stone has also appeared on series “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and “High Maintenance.”

By Zack Sharf

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