Australian actor Craig McLachlan is standing down from the national tour of The Rocky Horror Show following sexual assault allegations.
The former Neighbours star has denied claims he engaged in “sinister and predatory behaviour” during his run on The Rocky Horror Show in 2014, and is calling the allegation “simple inventions.”
Actresses Christie Whelan Browne, Erika Heynatz and Angela Scundi have alleged that McLachlan performed a range of indecent acts over the course of the 2014 performance season.
“Frankly, they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety. In either event they are to the best of my knowledge utterly and entirely false,” McLachlan said in an email to the ABC.
This afternoon, McLachlan and producers of The Rocky Horror Show agreed that he will stand down.
“We have spoken to Craig and have mutually agreed that it is not appropriate for him to continue in the current production of the show. We will be conducting a full internal investigation and will cooperate fully with authorities,” the Gordon Frost Organisation said in a statement.
McLachlan’s understudy will play the role in Adelaide until a replacement is found.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen