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Australia Craig McLachlan court hearing told motives of indecent assault accusers 'go beyond the truth'

09:15  05 december  2019
09:15  05 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Craig McLachlan's alleged text to victim

  Craig McLachlan's alleged text to victim Award-winning actor Craig McLachlan allegedly texted one of his colleagues complaining about the odour of another woman's genitals.Award-winning actor Craig McLachlan allegedly texted one of his colleagues urging her to come back to a show because he didn't like the odour of another actress' genitals.

SYDNEY, Australia — One of Australia’s most prominent television and musical performers, Craig McLachlan , has been charged with assault and eight counts of indecent assault relating to events reaching back to 2014 — a potential breakthrough for the media companies he has sued for

Actor successful in bid to have hearing heard by a magistrate rather than a higher court .

An actor who worked with Gold Logie winner Craig McLachlan has told a court hearing that women accusing him of indecent assault have "other motives".

Craig McLachlan has strenuously denied the allegations throughout the contested court hearing.© ABC News: Dylan Anderson Craig McLachlan has strenuously denied the allegations throughout the contested court hearing. The former soap star is facing 16 counts of indecent assault, attempted indecent assault and common assault involving four women.

"I'm trying my best to tell what I know … unfortunately, it does suggest that women may have had other motives, but it doesn't necessarily mean I'm on one side or another," the actor told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

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

  McLachlan told to apologise for grabbing actor by her face, court told 'You scared her', Melbourne stage show's director told Logie-winner before he apologised to female actor for grabbing her face amid onstage issues, court hears.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.

The actor Craig McLachlan allegedly left a woman feeling “trapped” by assaulting her while he was meant to be simulating a sex act during a production of the Rocky Horror Show, a court has heard . The actor is facing multiple charges, including counts of indecent assault , one of attempted indecent

He alleged Mr McLachlan " went beyond the role he was directed to perform [on stage]" in relation to the allegations. One of the allegations claims Mr McLachlan pushed his groin into the stomach area of a woman and also tried to kiss her, without being directed to do so. Mr Fisher told the court the

The question came after prosecutor Matt Fisher asked him whether he supported McLachlan.

The actor said the motives of the women "go beyond the truth".

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

  Actor tells court McLachlan kiss 'absolutely not' an indecent assault Witness was "horrified" when he learned of indecent assault allegations against Craig McLachlan and found them "impossible to reconcile" with memories of his involvement in show's run.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.

Melbourne Magistrates' Court told McLachlan assaulted co-stars on stage. Actor Brendan Irving says an accuser went McLachan after she was rejected. An actor who worked alongside Craig McLachlan and four women he is accused of assaulting has claimed they 'may of had other motives '.

The court heard on Friday morning that Victoria Police has been investigating allegations of indecent assault and assault against McLachlan from 2014. But it was withdrawn on Thursday evening, after McLachlan 's lawyers told police he would not take part in a requested police interview.

He said he was "devastated" one of the alleged victims took action after originally telling him she would not do anything because she did not think it was that serious.

He said the woman's ego had been "bruised" after she was not accepted into a later production of the 2014 show.

Another one of the complainants had caused "friction" within the show's cast but he said she had been "inseparable" with Mr McLachlan, the actor told the court.

The four women involved in the case cannot be named and gave their evidence in a closed court.

Mr McLachlan became a household name for his roles in the Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away.

The court has previously heard that one of the women accusing Mr McLachlan of indecent assault told a friend she had been warned to "stay away" from the actor.

On Tuesday, the court was told Mr McLachlan had threatened to end a cast member's career after she complained about a lingering onstage kiss.

The contested 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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