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Craig McLachlan: Actor denies sexual misconduct allegations

Craig McLachlan: Actor denies sexual misconduct allegations”

Rising star Adam Rennie is earning critical acclaim after taking on the lead role in the Rocky Horror Show, vacated by Craig McLachlan amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

McLachlan stepped down from the Rocky Horror Show's current Australian run on Monday, but rejected the allegations as "entirely false".

Since initial reports, two more people, a man and a woman, have come forward to Victorian Police.

"In response, we have spoken to Craig and have mutually agreed that it is not appropriate for him to continue in the current production of the show".

"While the letter we received contained some of the alleged allegations, it is impossible to conduct any sort of investigation when the names of those making the allegations are not given nor specific details", he said.

"That is untrue", she said of GFO's claims.

In a statement released on Wednesday John Frost, the managing director of the Gordon Frost Organisation (GFO), said "anyone should feel comfortable reporting issues of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying".

The anecdote has now taken on new significance after the sexual misconduct allegations, which include claims McLachlan indecently assaulted women by touching them from backstage and behind sets.

"Intimidating behaviour towards them both on and off stage".

"Furthermore no-one at GFO recalls any verbal discussion of this nature", it stated. "It would be distressing to us if anyone within our company was dismissive of sexual assault allegations, and this will form a part of our internal investigation".

"GFO has rigorous rules, guidelines, and procedures in place regarding all work-related issues, including for grievances and occupations health and safety generally, and requires all staff, casts and contractors to follow such".

McLachan and the cast of The Rocky Horror Show.

Speaking out this week, the women claimed McLachlan took advantage of his role as Dr Frank-N-Furter on the Rocky Horror Show to act inappropriately.

McLachlan is a veteran of the Australian entertainment industry, having won Australia's top television award - the Gold Logie - and starred in programmes including Home and Away and the Doctor Blake Mysteries.

'These allegations are ALL made up, ' McLachlan said.

At this stage, McLachlan has denied the claims, telling Fairfax Media, the claims are "baseless" and "they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety".

In Meldrum's 2016 book Ah Well, Nobody's Perfect, McLachlan recounts a time he made a decision to play a prank on Meldrum during an 11pm late show of Rocky Horror.

See the full story on a special edition of 7.30 tonight.



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