The Australian actress also made other claims about his behaviour during a 2010 production of ‘The Diary of the Madman’ when she was 25 and he was 56.
Ms Stone said to be cast across from Rush in the play was a ‘needle in a haystack’ opportunity and despite feeling a level of discomfort from her co-star ‘wasn’t going to be the one to put a spanner in the works’.
Orange Is The New Black actress Yael Stone alleged to The New York Times that Rush sent her ‘affectionate and flirtatious, flowery’ messages.
In an interview on ABC’s 7.30 on Monday, Ms Stone said she struggled with the behaviour as she was looking at someone who she saw as a mentor.
‘At 25 and starting out, I absolutely look to somebody like that to kind of support me and shepherd me through my career,’ she told host Leigh Sales.
Ms Stone said Rush would regularly text her and at times it would be 2am when the texts started to get sexual.
‘What would happen is that they became increasingly sexual in nature,’ she said.
‘The issue is that relationship was compromised from the beginning by this sexual dynamic,’ Ms Stone said of her experience during the play’s run.
‘I never addressed the uncomfortable parts of our relationship because they were just so hard to deal with.’
Ms Stone said to be cast across from Rush in ‘The Diary of a Madman’ (pictured) was a ‘needle in a haystack’ opportunity
Actress Yael Stone (pictured) has sat down for an interview with the ABC to make claims about Geoffrey Rush’s behaviour
Rush (pictured, left) has disputed the allegations as ‘incorrect and in some instances… completely out of context’
In a statement, Rush disputed her claims as ‘incorrect and in some instances, completely out of context’.
He said she was ‘upset’ by the ‘spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work’ and ‘deeply regret(ted)’ if he caused her distress.
Ms Stone told the Times she was ’embarrassed by the ways she participated’ in the text conversations with Rush, best known for his roles in blockbuster films Shine and The King’s Speech.
‘Geoffrey was working within the boundaries of what he felt was playful,’ she told host Leigh Sales, according to a press release.
Stone (left) starred as Lorna in Orange is the New Black
Rush (pictured outside court) is suing The Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathan Moran over an unrelated report he claims was ‘false’ and ‘defamatory’
In a statement to the Times, Rush disputed the claims but said Ms Stone had been ‘upset’ by his enthusiasm at work.
‘From the outset I must make it clear that the allegations of inappropriate behaviour made by Yael Stone 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.
‘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 behaviour that might be considered as harassment or intimidation to anyone – whether in the workplace or any other environment.’
Rush is suing The Daily Telegraph and journalist Jonathan Moran for defamation after the newspaper last year printed claims of inappropriate behaviour on a Sydney theatre set in 2015 and 2016.
He rejected those claims as ‘false, pejorative and demeaning.’