Australian actor McLachlan charged with indecent assault


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SYDNEY (AP) — Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault and one rely of frequent assault after being accused of sexual misconduct by three girls who labored with him in a stage musical.

Police in Victoria state on Friday mentioned a 53-year-old man, recognized by information media as McLachlan, has been summoned to seem in court docket over the 9 expenses, and one other cost of tried indecent assault.

A spokesman for the previous star of long-running Australian TV sequence “Neighbours” and “Residence and Away” mentioned in a quick assertion that McLachlan denied the entire expenses, which arose after a manufacturing of “The Rocky Horror Present” in 2014.

“Craig is harmless of those expenses which will probably be vigorously defended,” the assertion mentioned.

McLachlan is because of seem in Melbourne Magistrates Courtroom on Feb. 8.

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After the allegations towards McLachlan first emerged final 12 months, the actor launched a defamation go well with towards two Australian information organizations — Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. — and towards former Rocky Horror co-star Christie Whelan Browne.

He’s in search of damages of $6.5 million within the Supreme Courtroom of New South Wales state over stories he bullied and indecently assaulted Whelan Browne and two different feminine forged members through the stage manufacturing.

His authorized workforce mentioned final Might that for the reason that allegations, McLachlan has turn out to be reclusive and his performing profession has been successfully destroyed.

Hearings within the defamation go well with are to begin Feb. 4.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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