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Craig McLachlan faces three-week hearing

Craig McLachlan. Source: Getty

At least 18 witnesses will be called in the indecent assault case against award-winning Australian actor Craig McLachlan.

Award-winning actor Craig McLachlan will face a three-week hearing to fight indecent assault charges in Melbourne.

The former soap star is facing seven counts of indecent assault and single counts of assault and attempted indecent assault.

"What's alleged is denied," McLachlan's lawyer Damian Sheales told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

More than a dozen witnesses are expected to give evidence at a contested hearing in November.

Up to 30 prosecution witnesses are listed, but the number would likely be reduced to about 18, the court was told.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said some witnesses would be from overseas and remote facilities would need to be arranged.

Alternative charges were also going to be filed "sooner rather than later", he said.

McLachlan's alleged offending, which is believed to stem from allegations raised by acting colleagues, occurred between late April and mid-July in 2014 in Melbourne, court documents show.

Craig McLachlan
Craig McLachlan
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Around that time, McLachlan was starring in the Rocky Horror Show stage production in Melbourne, playing Dr Frank-N-Furter.

The actor became a household name for his roles on Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away.

He won a Gold Logie in 1990 and more recently led the Ballarat-filmed TV series Doctor Blake Mysteries.

McLachlan was not required to appear in court on Thursday but will appear for the contested hearing starting on 18 November.

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