Cast quiet as two more accuse McLachlan

January 09, 2018

Craig McLachlan withdrew from the Rocky Horror Show after allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The Rocky Horror Show will continue its run in Adelaide but without star Craig McLachlan, after he was accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour and bullying by a number of former female colleagues.

McLachlan has agreed to stand down from the current production and will be replaced in Tuesday night's show at the Adelaide Festival Centre by his understudy.

The show's producers, the Gordon Frost Organisation, say they are taking the allegations very seriously, have vowed to co-operate fully with authorities and will also conduct a full internal investigation.

The producers of the popular television series The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which stars McLachlan, will also hold production on a new series to allow "due process".

Three cast members from a 2014 performance of Rocky Horror have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that McLachlan inappropriately touched them or exposed himself.

Victoria Police have confirmed they're investigating allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour by the 52-year-old.

GFO said it was shocked to learn of the allegations from actresses Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi which McLachlan has described as "baseless".

"They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety," he was quoted as writing.

Whelan Browne said that during Rocky Horror in 2014, McLachlan, who played transvestite Frank N Furter to her character Janet, indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.

Scundi alleges McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.

GFO said it was not aware of any details of the allegations until they were published in the media, although it received correspondence from a law firm before Christmas.

"We can also confirm that our records show the claimants at no time made any complaint - formal or informal - to the company manager or executive producer of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014," the company said.

"Furthermore no one at GFO recalls any verbal discussion of this nature. 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."

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