Actor Craig McLachlan has denied multiple allegations he abused, harassed or assaulted some of his female cast members while starring in the musical The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.
According to a joint Fairfax Media/ABC investigation, three cast members of the musical—Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz and Angela Scundi—have come forward with allegations that McLachlan performed a series of indecent acts on and off stage.
Actress Whelan Browne told Fairfax that the 51-year-old indecently assaulted her in a scene when she and McLachlan disappeared under sheets on stage.
"So he started the kissing down the neck and down the arm, but then it gradually moved to the breasts and down the stomach,” Browne alleges.
“So he would keep kissing as if he was going to keep going and I would have to swat him away."
She continues: "But this one night when he turned me around, he pulled my undies up so my bum cheek was out and he was kissing my bum. There is nothing I can do. I am stuck. There's 2000 people watching me and can't see him.
"As the tour went on he would say he could see my vagina through my white underpants - that was my costume - and he said that he could see the slit of my vagina and that he could smell it and it smells sweet."
As Nine News reports, Browne and Heynatz have filed two separate complaints to Victoria Police.
In an email to the ABC, McLachlan denied all allegations against him.
"Frankly, they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety,” he said.
"In either event, they are to the best of my knowledge utterly and entirely false.
McLachlan is known for his roles the Doctor Blake Mysteries and Neighbours.