Craig McLachlan: Actor charged with assault and sex offences

McLachlan faced allegations of misconduct by fellow cast members while starring in the Rocky Horror Show in 2014

McLachlan faced allegations of misconduct by fellow cast members while starring in the Rocky Horror Show in 2014

Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault.

McLachlan went on to star in Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters and the BBC One spy drama Bugs.

McLachlan's spokesperson has told Sky News Australia that the actor is innocent and will be vigorously defending the charges.

After the allegations against McLachlan first emerged past year, the actor launched a defamation suit against two Australian news organizations — Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Earlier this year the actor chose to quit his role in the current run of the Rocky Horror Show after three cast members accused him of inappropriate touching and harassment.

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Since the publications, McLachlan has become reclusive and his acting career has been effectively destroyed, his legal team said in May.

A four-week trial is scheduled to commence in the NSW Supreme Court on February 4.

Victoria Police laid the charges on Friday, with the 53-year-old to face Melbourne Magistrates' Court on February 8.

More recently, he's starred in The Doctor Blake Mysteries as well as stage musicals.

Melbourne police did not provide further details about the nature of the allegations.

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