Actor Craig McLachlan is preparing legal action against Fairfax and the ABC, according to a report in The Australian, following the organisations’ joint investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the actor during the 2014 tour of The Rocky Horror Show.
“By God, I will fight this,” McLachlan said in an interview published in The Sunday Telegraph, for which he was joined by his partner, conductor Vanessa Scammell. “And the truth, the truth will come out.”
McLachlan left the current Gordon Frost Organisation touring production of The Rocky Horror Show, following allegations of sexual misconduct, including indecent assault, during the 2014 tour of the musical, made by actors Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi. Scundi and Heynatz have also filed complaints with Victoria Police, who confirmed they are investigating.
Since the allegations were made public, two more women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against McLachlan unrelated to The Rocky Horror Show.
Lawyer Mark O’Brien told The Australian that McLachlan would be launching defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media and the ABC. “It’s a serious and indefensible defamation and he wants to prove in court the allegations are completely false,” he said.
Following the allegations, the ABC has pulled The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which stars McLachlan, from iView and production has been suspended on the next series of the television show.
McLachlan has denied any wrong-doing, and told The Sunday Telegraph his career has been “annihilated” by the claims.