Neighbours star Craig McLachlan denies sexual abuse claims

Hannah Rogers
January 11, 2018

At least two more people have contacted the police about alleged sexual misconduct by Australian actor Craig McLachlan after bombshell reports about his behaviour were made public yesterday.

Mr McLachlan, 52, described the claims, made by fellow cast members of the 2014 The Rocky Horror Show in which he starred, as "simple inventions".

Heynatz, who played Magenta, said she was forcibly kissed by the actor, while Scundi, a chorus member, said she was the subject of unwanted sexual advances.

The boss of the Rocky Horror Show production company says he's glad those accusing Craig McLachlan of sexually inappropriate behaviour have come forward so their claims can be properly investigated. McLachlan was playing Dr Frank N. Furter in the performance and, following the allegations, has stepped down from the 2018 run of the show, which opened in Adelaide on New Year's Eve.

McLachlan issued a statement denying all allegations detailed in the media, including touching women's genitals, groping their breasts and exposing his penis.

The production company declined to comment, but said in a legal response to the complaints the actresses "may have made defamatory statements" and that it provided a workplace "free of bullying or unlawful harassment".

"Rocky Horror Show Australia yes I would like my money back i purchased 7 tickets...not interested without Craig", wrote one, while another said: "... would like a refund for my tickets.

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"The Harvey Weinstein stories started coming out and I have an immediate physical and mental reaction to it", she said.

Christie, who also worked alongside Craig in The Wrong Girl, shared her experiences: "I had to be on stage with him in a bed, an upright bed, and I was wearing just bra, undies and garter and ... he was pretending to go down on me, that was the scene", she said.

McLachlan is now on tour with a new production of Rocky Horror, and said the allegations are "simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety". Victorian police have confirmed they are investigating the claims.

Heynatz claimed he straddled her on a couch in the green room of Melbourne's Comedy Theatre, and when she recoiled he said: "Too much?"

When Scundi told McLachlan never to kiss her like that again, he verbally abused her and threatened her.

"We will be conducting a full internal investigation and will co-operate fully with authorities", GFO said. She also alleges that he would make crude comments about her body and touched her inappropriately.

"In the light of these allegations December Media will temporarily hold production preparations for the new series to allow due process".

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