Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Neighbours actor denies sexual assault claims


Australian actor Craig McLachlan has denied claims of sexual assault and harassment made towards him by three actresses.

Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz and Angela Scundi have accused the 52-year-old of inappropriate touching and harassment through the 2014 stage manufacturing of the Rocky Horror Present.

Victoria Police confirmed it’s investigating two allegations.

McLachlan pictured in his role as Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror Show
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McLachlan pictured in his position as Frank N Furter within the Rocky Horror Present

McLachlan has now stood except for his position within the 2018 stage manufacturing of the cult movie, which opened in Adelaide on New 12 months’s Eve.

The claims, which have been printed by the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) on Monday, embrace allegations that McLachlan inappropriately kissed Whelan Browne’s backside, kissed Heynatz with out her permission and uncovered himself to Scundi.

In addition they allege he bullied and intimidated some solid members.

McLachlan, 52, who’s in a long-term relationship with conductor Vanessa Scammell, rejected the allegations as “fully false”, and questioned the ladies’s motivation for coming ahead.

Craig McLachlan
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Craig McLachlan

“Frankly, they appear to be easy innovations, maybe made for monetary causes, maybe to achieve notoriety. In both occasion, they’re to the most effective of my data totally and fully false,” he stated in an e-mail to ABC.

The ladies say they’ve come ahead to guard present solid members from danger.

McLachlan first performed the raunchy position of Frank N Furter in 1993, then reprised his position in 2013 and 2014.

The producer of the present, The Gordon Frost Organisation, issued an announcement saying it was “shocked” to study of the allegations which it took “very severely”.

It stated it had spoken to McLachlan and “mutually agreed that it isn’t acceptable for him to proceed within the present manufacturing of the present”.

It insisted it was beforehand unaware of the allegations, saying “data present the claimants at no time made any criticism – formal or casual – to the corporate supervisor or govt producer of The Rocky Horror Present in 2014”.

Two of the ladies stated they complained to a senior member of employees on the time of the alleged harassment, however nothing was accomplished.

The manufacturing firm says a full inner investigation will now happen.

Manufacturing of Australian TV sequence The Physician Blake Mysteries, through which McLachlan performs the lead position, has been placed on maintain pending the police investigation.

Extra from Sexual harassment

McLachlan shot to fame in Australian cleaning soap Neighbours, enjoying Henry Ramsay – the brother of Charlene, performed by Kylie Minogue.

After successful Australia’s prime tv award – the Gold Logie – he went on to realize pop success, reaching quantity 2 within the UK Singles Chart in 1990 with Bo Diddley cowl Mona.


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