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McLachlan to launch legal action on misconduct claims

Craig McLachlan is expected to take legal action this week over sexual misconduct claims made by several of his former Rocky Horror Show co-stars.
Craig McLachlan is expected to take legal action this week over sexual misconduct claims made by several of his former Rocky Horror Show co-stars.

ACTOR Craig McLachlan is expected to this week launch legal action against the ABC and Fairfax Media over sexual misconduct claims.

The Gold Logie-winning actor has vowed to fight the claims of sexual misconduct against him saying his career has been "annihilated" by the accusations.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph the former Rocky Horror star admitted the show's backstage culture could be lewd, but insisted he was innocent of the allegations against him.

McLachlan left the stage show mid-January amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

 

Craig McLachlan will be taking legal action against Fairfax Media and the ABC. Picture: Tim Hunter.
Craig McLachlan will be taking legal action against Fairfax Media and the ABC. Picture: Tim Hunter.

It came after three women - Christie Whelan Browne, Angela Scundi and Erika Heynatz - who appeared in the 2014 production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show told the ABC McLachlan inappropriately touched them or exposed himself. A woman and a man who worked as part of the crew have also gone to Victorian police, who are investigating the allegations.

McLachlan and his partner Vanessa Scammell. Picture: Tim Hunter.
McLachlan and his partner Vanessa Scammell. Picture: Tim Hunter.

McLachlan says he doesn't understand why the allegations were made. "By God I will fight this," he told The Sunday Telegraph.

 

Christie Whelan Brown makes the allegations of sexual misconduct on ABC’s 7:30. Picture: ABC
Christie Whelan Brown makes the allegations of sexual misconduct on ABC’s 7:30. Picture: ABC

Producers of the popular TV show The Doctor Blake Mysteries in which McLachlan stars have also temporarily halted preparations for the new series on the Seven Network while the allegations are investigated.

Cast and crew of the TV show have reportedly revealed claims of McLachlan's on-set behaviour, including an alleged incident where he held a banana to his crotch and thrust it into the face of an actor.

The ABC and Fairfax Media declined to comment yesterday.

Erika Heynatz also made allegations about McLachlan. Picture: ABC
Erika Heynatz also made allegations about McLachlan. Picture: ABC

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