'Utterly false': Actor Craig McLachlan denies improper conduct accusations

Craig McLachlan, playing the role of Frank N Furter, takes part in a rehearsal for Rocky Horror Show in Sydney on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Source: AAP

Former Neighbours and Home and Away star Craig McLachlan has been accused of improper conduct by a number of former colleagues, Fairfax Media reports.

Three cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that the 52-year-old inappropriately touched them or exposed himself to them.

McLachlan has described the allegations by Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi as "baseless".

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

"These allegations are ALL made up."

McLachlan is currently starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.

Craig McLachlan in Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show (AAP)
Craig McLachlan in Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show (AAP)
AAP

Whelan Browne also appeared in the Channel Ten program The Wrong Girl alongside McLachlan in 2016 and 2017.

She told the ABC she was dismayed when she learned he had been cast but felt she had to continue to have a civil relationship with him for the sake of her career.

She said his behaviour towards her on that program was appropriate.

But she said during Rocky Horror McLachlan, who played the transvestite Frank N Furter to her Janet, said he indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.

McLachlan said Rocky Horror was a "confrontational musical oozing with sexuality".

"As such, as part of the musical the actors have to perform certain actions, all of which follow from the show itself -- and indeed 'make' the show."

The three women said they had asked the production company, GFO, for an independent investigation into their claims, but that fell through.

In a statement, GFO said managing director John Frost was not available for an interview and the company declined to make any comment on the record.

Source: AAP - SBS

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