Craig McLachlan is expected to launch legal action against Fairfax and the ABC this week, it has been claimed.
The actor spoke out for the first time this weekend about a series of allegations made against him by several women.
Now, according to the Daily Telegraph, he could sue the media outlets after they published the first allegations – which he claims have destroyed his career. He has now vowed to fight the allegations of sexual misconduct, and denied them all.
Earlier this month, three different women who had worked with McLachlan on the popular stage musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 2014 suggested that he took his saucy role of Dr Frank-N-Furter too far and alleged that he sexually assaulted them both on and off stage. Two of the women said they made producers aware of the alleged behaviour at the time, but that nothing was done.
Since an exclusive investigation by the ABC and Fairfax was made public earlier in January, further people came forward to say that they too had been harassed by the TV star. A man and a woman contacted police with information and accusations against the former Home And Away and Neighbours actor.
Speaking about the allegations for the first time, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, the 52-year-old Gold Logie winner revealed that he still had the support of his loving partner Vanessa Scammell, despite the allegations against his name.
Of his raunchy role in Rocky Horror, McLachlan admitted that the culture of the show could be crude, but that he didn’t overstep any lines. “Does being cheeky and naughty equate with being a bully?” he said in an exclusive interview with Daily Telegraph. “No, it does not. By God I will fight this and the truth, the truth will come out.”
Schammell described the allegations as “character assassination” and that she was mortified by what was being said about her partner. He has since been replaced on the current production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, while investigations continue to take place.
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