Craig McLachlan denies manipulating co-stars on 'Rocky Horror Show'

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19:  Craig McLachlan arrives at the 2015 Sydney Theatre Awards at Paddington RSL on January 19, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Craig McLachlan arrives at the Sydney Theatre Awards. (WireImage)

Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan has denied accusations that he manipulated and insulted his co-stars during a 2014 production of Rocky Horror Show.

The Australian actor is currently in court after suing ABC, Fairfax and Christie Whelan Browne for defamation after claims of misconduct were made public in 2018. McLachlan denies all accusations relating to Rocky Horror Show and other productions.

Appearing in New South Wales' supreme court, McLachlan was questioned about whether he would disparage his female co-stars, which he denied.

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McLachlan denied calling co-star Erika Haynetz 's***' and also denied calling Whelan Browne a 'c***' and 'b****'.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15:  Craig McLachlan plays the role of Frank N Furter during a media call for The Rocky Horror Show at The Star on April 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Craig McLachlan plays the role of Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. (WireImage)

McLachlan was also accused of manipulating Whalen Browne by privately telling her he was supportive of the actor while there were difficulties during the production of the play.

Whelan Browne has said she was disappointed, frustrated and unsupported during that time.

McLachlan has argued that his relationship with Whelan Browne remained strong throughout the production but private emails sent from the actor to the play's director show him calling her "lucifer" and a "horror".

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 23: Christie Whelan Browne as Janet, Tim Maddren as Brad and Craig McLachlan as Frank N Furter perform during a media call for the Rocky Horror Show at the Comedy Theatre on April 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Christie Whelan Browne as Janet, Tim Maddren as Brad and Craig McLachlan as Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror Show, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

McLachlan, who is best known for his roles in Neighbours and The Doctor Blake Mysteries, admitted that he made a number of sexually charged remarks during the production.

He revealed that he deep throated bananas, mimicked masturbation on a crew member's arm and sending Whelan Browne videos of him pretending to masturbate and orgasm.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18:  Craig McLachlan poses with the award for Best Actor in a Musical at the Capitol Theatre on August 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Craig McLachlan poses with the award for Best Actor in a Musical. (Getty Images)

McLachlan's partner the conductor Vanessa Scammell defended him and said the allegations had made him become a recluse.

She called the accusations against her McLachlan 'shocking' and said they had left him 'humiliated' and 'betrayed'.

Aussie stars Jason Donovan and Craig McLachlan at the height of their fame in 1990. (Mick Hutson/Redferns)
Aussie stars Jason Donovan and Craig McLachlan at the height of their fame in 1990. (Mick Hutson/Redferns)

She added that 'he’s much less trusting' since the accusations became public knowledge.

Scammell also told the court that Whelan Browne had made remarks of a sexual nature to McLachlan including asking him if he could see the "slit" through her underwear.

The hearing continues.

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