McLachlan to fight Rocky Horror claims. Actor Craig McLachlan will sue Fairfax Media and the ABC for defamation over allegations they have published of sexual harassment and indecent behaviour while working on the 2014 production of Rocky Horror Show. The Australian reports that McLachlan has engaged lawyer Mark O'Brien, who is currently preparing a statement of claim.
The decision to take court action follows an incredibly sympathetic interview given to The Sunday Telegraph and published yesterday, with McLachlan and his partner Vanessa Scammell saying the allegations had "annihilated" his career. The exclusive interview included numerous references by McLachlan to his "Benny Hill" sense of humour and his devastation at the allegations. The report, though, did have an unusual definition of "no restrictions" for the interview: "There were no restrictions on the interview, but, citing legal advice, the actor would not comment on the specific allegations made against him."