McLachlan sues for defamation. Craig McLachlan has engaged Stuart Littlemore QC in legal action against the ABC, Fairfax and actor Christie Whelan Browne over stories published that accuse him of sexual harassment on the set of the 2014 Rocky Horror Show. The defamation writ was lodged in the New South Wales Supreme Court yesterday, and Whelan Browne, whose allegations were heavily featured in the stories published in January, is named as the first defendant.
Good feud guide. Since the Daily Mail took up residence in Australia, its habit of ripping off (or, "rewriting") has been a particular and understandable sore point for the journalists who've done the leg work on certain yarns. In 2014, shortly after the Mail launched its local edition, News Corp Australia sent a legal letter to its competitor, accusing it of plagiarising News Corp stories. And this week News Corp's Daily Telegraph head of digital Peter Brown is back on the case, having put two of his paper's stories and the Mail rewrites through an online plagiarism checker, finding they were 56% and 50% plagiarised.