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Australia Actor tells court McLachlan kiss 'absolutely not' an indecent assault

21:17  03 december  2019
21:17  03 december  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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An actor on stage when Craig McLachlan allegedly inappropriately kissed a female performer during a Melbourne stage show has told a court there was "absolutely not" an indecent assault.

Mr McLachlan is accused of indecently assaulting four female actors during a 2014 run of a theatre production and one of them alleges he put his tongue in her mouth during an unscripted kiss.

But Brendan Irving, who also starred in the scene, told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday it was part of his role to watch Mr McLachlan closely, and that he never saw the star put his tongue in the woman's mouth.

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"Absolutely not," he said.

Mr Irving said he was side on to the pair and in "probably the best position" to see what happened.

He said he was "horrified" when he learned of the allegations the women made and found them "impossible to reconcile" to memories of his involvement.

He also said the female actor who made the allegation about the unscripted kiss became "quite aggressive" in 2017 when she learned she had not been offered a part in the production's 2017-18 run.

"She was adamant she was going to now do something about the 2014 production," Mr Irving said.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Craig McLachlan arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates Court. on Tuesday.© AAP Craig McLachlan arrives at the Melbourne Magistrates Court. on Tuesday. Mr McLachlan, 54, has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges, comprising counts of indecent assault, common assault and attempted indecent assault.

'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 woman who alleges Mr McLachlan put his tongue in her mouth also accuses the Logie-winning star of threatening to end her career when she confronted him offstage afterwards.

Mr McLachlan's contested hearing has been told he also allegedly inappropriately touched another woman when they were in a scene together but he was hidden from the audience, that he ran his hand up a third woman's leg while she was on stage, and that he kissed the fourth woman offstage without her consent.

The four women cannot be named.

Mr Irving said Mr McLachlan was flirtatious and overly complimentary with cast and crew members, both men and women, offstage during the production. There was a sexualised nature among the cast, he said, and hugging and kissing was common.

He said Mr McLachlan would compliment him on his looks and physique, but none of what he said was "crossing the boundary".

"He would make lovely statements like, 'If I were a gay man' and, 'If I were 20 years younger'," Mr Irving said.

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Mr Irving said after the production ended the female actor told him about a "lingering" kiss but hadn't deemed it serious enough to make a formal complaint. He said she was not afraid of confrontation and recalled one incident where she yelled at another cast member at drinks for making what she considered an offensive remark.

Director Christopher Luscombe told the court no one had raised with him any concern about the kiss.

"I assume if it wasn't raised then it was deemed to be keeping with the spirit of the scene," he said.

Mr Luscombe said he only saw a handful of performances as he returned to London after the rehearsals were complete. He was "delighted" with the shows he saw.

Resident director Leah Howard, who ran the show on a daily basis, told the court she once had Mr McLachlan apologise to one of the women after he grabbed her forcefully by the face during one scene.

Ms Howard said the female actor told her: "He grabbed my face hard out there ... You need to do something. He's angry." She was "pretty upset", Ms Howard said.

The alleged incident occurred on the same night Mr McLachlan's microphone malfunctioned and he had a problem with his costume.

Ms Howard said she told Mr McLachlan: "You scared her, you should talk to her and you should apologise."

"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."

The hearing, before magistrate Belinda Wallington, 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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