Gold Logie winning actor Craig McLachlan has filed defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media and the ABC after they reported on allegations he sexually harassed several former colleagues.
One of McLachlan’s accusers, former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, has also been named in the defamation suit.
McLachlan’s statement of claim was lodged in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon and principally targets Browne.
The claim states Browne was “herself a notoriously foul-mouthed person who publicly distributed offensive matter and had expressed interest in deviant sexual practices.”
McLachlan has engaged prominent barrister Stuart Littlemore QC to run the case.
A Fairfax Media and ABC joint investigation in early January reported several cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Show accused 52-year-old McLachlan of touching them or exposing himself to them.
After the allegations were aired McLachlan withdrew from the current production of the Rocky Horror Show in Adelaide.
Fairfax Media and the ABC said they wouldn’t be commenting on the legal action.