The first complaint is about the newspaper's billboard on November 30, a poster usually seen on the outside of newsagents, which said: "WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Geoffrey Rush in scandal claims, theatre company confirms "inappropriate behaviour".
The next issue was about the article published that same day which was run with the front page headline: "KING LEER: World Exclusive Oscar-winner Rush denies "inappropriate behaviour" during Sydney stage show".
"'Today I have filed defamation proceeding against the Daily Telegraph in the Federal Court of Australia", the 66-year old Oscar victor told reporters.
The stories accused rush of misconduct during his time at the Sydney Theatre Company during a production of King Lear in 2015 and 2016.
Rush-who was not informed of the anonymous complaint and has been unable to ascertain its details, but "abhors any form of maltreatment"-stepped down as president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts on the weekend, before filing his claim on Friday, claiming irreparable damage had been done to his reputation, as well as extreme hurt to his family". Staff at the Daily Telegraph's Melbourne counterpart were reportedly told not to tweet about the "highly libelous" piece, which was dropped from their front page.
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"The situation is intolerable and I must seek vindication of my good name through the courts", he said.
The anonymous person also made a complaint to the STC but insisted it remain confidential and that Rush was not notified of it.
"We will defend our position in court".
The legal action comes just months after Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson won Aus$4.5 million (U.S.$3.4 million) - the largest defamation payout in Australian history - after successfully suing Bauer Media.