Craig McLachlan has been charged with sex crimes by Victoria Police, the ABC reported today, revealing that Victoria Police has confirmed that sex crime detectives charged a 53-year-old NSW man with one count of common law assault, eight counts of indecent assault, and one count of attempted indecent assault.
“Craig is innocent of these charges which will be vigorously defended,” a spokesperson for McLachlan told The Sydney Morning Herald.
The charges, which date back to 2014, will see McLachlan summoned to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on February 8.
Craig McLachlan in The Rocky Horror Show
In January last year, two of McLachlan’s colleagues made separate reports to Victoria Police about McLachlan’s behaviour during the 2014 Gordon Frost Organisation production of The Rocky Horror Show, with a joint investigation by the ABC and Fairfax Media (since merged with The Nine Network) revealing that three actors in the production, one of whom was Christie Whelan Browne, who played the lead role of Janet, claimed McLachlan indecently assaulted, intimidated and harassed them both on and off stage during the production.
The charges announced today come just weeks before McLachlan’s defamation case against the ABC, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Christie Whelan Browne, is due to go to court, with the four-week case being tried from February 4 in the NSW Supreme Court. McLachlan declined last year to participate in an interview with Victoria Police as part of their investigations into the allegations at a preliminary hearing of the defamation case.
Following the initial allegations, several other women came forward with allegations against McLachlan, who has denied any wrong-doing.