Three women have come forward claiming Craig McLachlan sexually assaulted them while working on The Rocky Horror Picture Show back in 2014.
The former Neighbours actor, 52, says the accusations of inappropriate touching and harassment are ‘entirely false’, but has since stepped down from the show’s current dates in Australia.
In fact, McLachlan has accused the women of making the allegations up as a means of profiting. “Frankly, they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety,” he said in an email to the ABC in Australia.
Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz, and Angela Scundi are the three actresses that have spoken out about his predatory behaviour, citing how he rubbed his genitals against them, engaged in impromptu on-stage kissing, and would sexually touch the women in front of an audience when no one else could visibly see him.
“I think people who know him know that he’s very generous, warm, funny… I saw a very different side come out in him which was terrifying,” said Browne.
Heynatz and chorus singer Scundi also came forward about unwanted and forceful advances that were made towards them during their time performing on the production.
The company behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show said it was shocked to hear about the news and immediately terminated his involvement with the production, vowing to cooperate fully with the legal investigation.
‘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,’ Gordon Frost Organisation said in a statement.
Yahoo Celeb UK have reached out to Craig McLachlan for comment.