Australia McLachlan told to apologise for grabbing actor by her face, court told

05:56  03 december  2019
05:56  03 december  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Award-winning actor Craig McLachlan grabbed his alleged victim's face during a musical production and left her "pretty upset", a court has been told . The director said McLachlan agreed to apologise and said it was because of "frustration" after wardrobe and sound issues.

Actor Craig McLachlan has faced court in Melbourne supported by his long-term partner as one charge was dropped in his indecent assault case. McLachlan now faces seven counts of indecent assault, after one was dropped, along with one count of assault and one attempted indecent assault.

Craig McLachlan wearing a suit and tie: Craig McLachlan and his partner Vanessa Scammell arrive at court on Tuesday.© AAP Craig McLachlan and his partner Vanessa Scammell arrive at court on Tuesday. Craig McLachlan was told to apologise to a female actor for forcefully grabbing her face during a performance of a Melbourne stage show, a court has heard.

One of the four female actors who accuse Mr McLachlan of indecent assault went to the production’s resident director one night in 2014 reporting that the Logie-winner had grabbed her face while the pair were in a scene together.

Leah Howard, the show’s resident director, said the female actor told her: ‘‘He grabbed my face hard out there ... You need to do something. He’s angry.’’

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Craig McLachlan faced Melbourne Magistrate Court for the first time on Friday. The actor became a household name for his roles on Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away. He won a Gold Logie in 1990 and more recently he has led the Ballarat-filmed TV series Doctor Blake Mysteries.

McLachlan is suing Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne for defamation. Craig McLachlan has declined to be interviewed by Victorian police about assault and indecent assault allegations against the actor from 2014, his defamation hearing has been told .

Mr McLachlan, 54, has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges, comprising counts of indecent assault, common assault and one of attempted assault, related to a stage production in Melbourne in 2014. He is contesting the charges in Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Ms Howard said she went to Mr McLachlan after the actor complained and told him he needed to apologise.

The actor was ‘‘pretty upset’’ when she made the report, Ms Howard said. When the resident director went to Mr McLachlan he appeared frustrated because his microphone had malfunctioned and he had a problem with his costume.

‘‘I said, 'You scared her, you should talk to her and you should apologise’,’’ Ms Howard told the court on Tuesday.

‘‘He said, 'I will do that’, and he was sorry at the frustration of the situation. It was very short and definite because I just wanted him to apologise.’’ Ms Howard said the following day, the actress said Mr McLachlan had apologised.

'He leant up against her': Court hears McLachlan got a bit too close

  'He leant up against her': Court hears McLachlan got a bit too close Craig McLachlan allegedly leant into a female actor when he had an erection during the Melbourne run of a theatre production. A friend of one of the four women who accuse the Logie-winning actor of indecent assault said the female actor’s voice trembled as she detailed her account of the alleged incident.‘‘He leant up against her and he had an erect penis and he wanted her to know,’’ the friend told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday.‘‘I believe it was after a show or a rehearsal.’’The female actor was ‘‘taken aback’’ and felt uncomfortable and ‘‘violated’’, her friend said, and didn’t know what to do.

The theatre producer told the court her friend called her in tears about being grabbed around the face by the actor . “He had grabbed her by the face A separate victim told her husband McLachlan had improvised and kissed her on- stage in Melbourne. Afterwards the actress confronted him and said

Mr McLachlan is to face a three-week contested hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court from November 18 on seven charges of indecent assault, one of common He was excused from attending Thursday's hearing. His lawyer, Damian Sheales, told the court "what is alleged is denied", but even

‘‘She said, 'Your mate McLachlan just apologised to me’, and I said, 'That’s good’,’’ Ms Howard said.

‘‘She said, 'I didn’t want him to apologise’, and I said, 'Why? He needs to if you felt the way you did’."

"I just got a bit confused.’’

Ms Howard couldn’t explain why the complaint and the problems Mr McLachlan had with his microphone and costume weren’t in an internal briefing compiled after the show.

Mr McLachlan is accused of inappropriately touching the same actor while they were in a scene together, but when he was concealed from the audience.

He is also accused of kissing another female actor on stage when a scene didn’t require the contact, and of running his hand up the leg of a third woman while she was performing and he was hidden from the audience’s view.

He allegedly kissed the fourth woman while they were off stage, without her consent.

The four women cannot be named.

Ms Howard said Mr McLachlan had a licence to ad lib during the production, both with the script and choreography, but that the show’s producers would need to seek approval from ‘‘international creatives’’ if there were to be modifications to the show.

She said she didn’t believe the producers would need to seek permission to include a kiss by Mr McLachlan’s character.

‘‘No I don’t believe so,’’ she said.

‘‘[It] is a very free show in its genre and storyline.’’

Ms Howard said she never saw anything inappropriate happen on or backstage, and that the interactions she witnessed between the cast were ‘‘gleeful and consensual’’.

But the allegations against Mr McLachlan had since divided Australia’s theatrical community.

‘‘It’s hard when things like this happen,’’ she said.

‘‘I support everyone in this situation, I just want everyone to be OK.’’

The hearing continues.

Former Neighbours' star Craig McLachlan says he has no case to answer as court retires until April next year to rule on the actor's fate .
Lawyers acting for Aussie actor Craig McLachlan will argue the 'adored' former Neighbours' star has no case to answer over shocking sexual assault allegations. The final witness in McLachlan's contested hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court gave evidence in Melbourne on Monday. McLachlan's legal team now has months to prepare his final defence in which they are expected to make a 'no case submission' on some or all of the charges. © Provided by Daily Mail Craig McLachlan as he appeared in the hit soap opera Neighbours back in his glory days.

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