Actor says "Justice League" director Joss Whedon was "abusive"; Australian court upholds Geoffrey Rush's defamation payout; Prince Harry stresses need to tackle institutional racism. (July 2)
LIZZIE KNIGHT: AP ShowBiz Minute. Actor Ray Fisher says director Joss Whedon's behavior was abusive on the set of the 2017 film "Justice League." Fisher tweeted Wednesday, "Joss Whedon's on-set treatment of the cast and crew of 'Justice League' was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable." Whedon has not responded to Fisher on social media.
An Australian court on Thursday rejected a newspaper publishers appeal against actor Geoffrey Rush's 2.9 million Australian dollar payout for defamation. Three federal court judges ruled that articles published by Sydney's "The Daily Telegraph" in 2017 conveyed the imputation that Rush was a pervert and that the trial judge had correctly included the actor's loss of earnings in calculating damages.
Prince Harry stressed the need to tackle institutional racism during a speech he recorded for Wednesday's ceremony for the Diana Award, a charity for young people set up to honor his late mother. The Duke of Sussex said institutional racism has no place in our societies yet is still endemic. This is Lizzie Knight with AP ShowBiz Minute.