Craig McLachlan denies lying about ‘air kissing’ colleagues in Rocky Horror Show, court hears | Defamation law

Actor Craig McLachlan has been accused of deliberately lying by giving ‘air’ kisses to female colleagues under sheets, out of public view, during a scene on The Rocky Horror Show.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court on Thursday, McLachlan, 56, was asked about seemingly conflicting accounts of whether he continued to kiss the body of the actor who played the character of Janet after she disappeared under the sheets.

After McLachlan claimed he gave air kisses for the comedy, defense barrister Michael Hodge QC accused the actor of making up the story after seeing video footage of him continuing to emit sounds of kisses after collapsing under the covers.

“It’s a deliberate lie,” Hodge said.

“No, it’s not,” McLachlan replied.

McLachlan is suing the ABC, Fairfax and actor Christie Whelan Browne for defamation over publications in January 2018 regarding allegations of misconduct during the 2014 production of The Rocky Horror Show and other productions.

McLachlan admitted to “jokingly” kissing Whelan Browne once on the hips while under the sheets trying to find his fallen e-cigarette accessory.

“It was a pretty funny moment,” he told the court.

He denied removing Whelan Browne’s underwear and kissing her bottom during that same scene, saying the move was physically and temporally impossible.

“You did, didn’t you, Mr. McLachlan?” Hodge said.

“No, I didn’t,” the actor replied.

After the releases, McLachlan lost the lead role of Dr. Frank N Furter on The Rocky Horror Show. Future TV movies for the mysteries of Doctor Blake, where the actor played the lead role, have also been put on hold.

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Claims from the reports include that McLachlan called actresses into his dressing room while naked, stuck his tongue down an actor’s throat during a musical number and threatened to end her career if she complained about him and fondled a team member’s tits.

The defense revolves around the testimony of 11 women who worked with McLachlan on the musical and other television and theater productions.

The actor denied the allegations and accused Whelan Browne and two other women of approaching the media for fame or money.

The hearing with Acting Judge Carolyn Simpson continues.

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