An Australian newspaper lost its appeal against a record defamation payment granted to actor Geoffrey Rush.
Rush received $ 2.9 million last April, after winning his case against Nationwide News, a publisher owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph published stories accusing Rush of misbehaving with a former theater colleague.
The publisher lost its appeal against the sentence and the size of the payment.
The establishment's lawyers argued that the payment – the largest ever granted to a single person in Australia – was "manifestly excessive".
Rush received $ 850,000 for general and aggravated damages, plus more than $ 1 million for past economic losses, $ 919,678 in future economic losses and $ 42,000 in interest.