McLachlan faces fifth day of field grilling

Craig McLachlan will face a fifth day of questioning in his defamation case over media reports of sexual assault and harassment on The Rocky Horror Show in 2014 and other productions.

As the actor’s grilling continues on Monday, the New South Wales Supreme Court jury has already heard seemingly contradictory statements from McLachlan, 56, about whether he kissed or touched actresses during the show of 2014 without their permission.

While the Gold Logie winner denied some allegations reported by the ABC and Fairfax in January 2018, he admitted to “jokingly” kissing Christie Whelan Browne, 39, on the hips during a Rocky Horror bed scene .

He also admitted to giving what he claimed was a ‘greeting kiss’ to fellow actress Erika Heynatz, 47, in her dressing room, then sitting on her lap and kissing her neck in the green room of the theater, claiming that she had made a similar “vampire”. kisses” to the cast and audience members during the show.

On Friday, defense barrister Michael Hodge QC portrayed McLachlan as a powerful and angry actor who threw tantrums, shouted and physically assaulted cast members.

Mr Hodge said the actor threatened to send music supervisor Tony Castro to hospital after he interrupted one of his songs.

McLachlan is also accused of yelling and kicking a trash can after being asked to wear a wig and calling the other cast members ‘a bunch of untalented, ungrateful c****s’ after actor Tim Maddren, 38, altered his performance during a bed. scene in the 2014 staging.

McLachlan, who played Dr Frank N Furter on the show, has denied claims he grabbed Whelan Browne’s face and threw him aside during the performance. The actor has leveled his own accusations against Whelan Browne, claiming she bullied Heynatz over a locker room feud between the two women.

Texts from McLachlan in June 2014 show the actor referring to Whelan Browne as “Lucifer” and “selfish, delusional, disrespectful and downright mean”. Despite this, the actor maintained that his friendship with the actress did not deteriorate during production that year.

Another actress, Angela Scundi, alleges the lead actor forced his tongue down her throat during a performance during the show’s final song number while she was playing Columbia.

McLachlan denies that the song’s beat and lyrics left time for anything other than a “quick peck”, recreating this with partner Vanessa Scammell on several occasions for a Channel Seven interview on Spotlight that aired in May of Last year.

However, footage from a Perth show shown to the jury shows the actor kissing Columbia for a few seconds in the middle of the lyrics.

“Mr. McLachlan, we can see it. It’s not a momentary kiss, is it?” asked Mr. Hodge.

“It’s a performance, Mr. Hodge. It’s not a passionate kiss. It’s not a passionate kiss,” McLachlan replied.

The actor is suing the ABC, Fairfax and Whelan Browne for defamation over publications in January 2018 regarding allegations of misconduct during the 2014 production of The Rocky Horror Show and other productions.

He accused Whelan Browne, Heynatz and Scundi of approaching the media for fame or money.

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