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Anger over McLachlan denial

Christie Whelan-Browne is angry over the reaction of her former employer.
Christie Whelan-Browne is angry over the reaction of her former employer.

The actors who have accused Craig McLachlan of inappropriate behaviour say they are angry about production company GFO's claims that it received no complaints.

McLachlan has vehemently denied allegations of harassment and bullying female cast members during the 2014 production of The Rocky Horror Show, in which he starred as the lead character Frank N Furter.

Christie Whelan-Browne told ABC's 7.30 on Tuesday she felt "a sense of relief" that she had spoken out and felt "empowered".

Christie Whelan-Browne says she is disappointed in her former employer.
Christie Whelan-Browne says she is disappointed in her former employer.

 

But she and fellow accuser Angela Scundi said they were dismayed when their former employer, Gordon Frost Organisation, stated the company did not know any details about the allegations.

 

"I was incredibly disappointed, although not surprised," Whelan-Browne told the ABC.

 

" And the fact there was no apology involved again is unsurprising, but terribly disappointing."

 

Craig McLachlan has been accused of inappropriate behaviour. Picture: Calum Robertson
Craig McLachlan has been accused of inappropriate behaviour. Picture: Calum Robertson

 

Whelan-Browne, who played Janet in the production, claims McLachlan inappropriately touched her on stage during a sexually charged scene on a bed.

 

 

Erika Heynatz, who performed the role of Magenta, told ABC's 730 on Monday that McLachlan had kissed her, leaving her feeling shaky and unnerved.

Angela Scundi claims McLachlan subjected her to an unwanted and unscripted kiss during one scene and then turned on her when she confronted him.

Actor Angela Scundi says production company GFO was aware of the allegations.
Actor Angela Scundi says production company GFO was aware of the allegations.

The producers of the Rocky Horror Show, Gordon Frost Organisation, or GFO, said they were shocked to hear of the allegations against their star performer during the 2014 tour of the show.

Whelan-Brown, who played Janet in the production, told the ABC: "That is untrue. And there were two people in management that I spoke to directly and I can't imagine that they could look me in the face and say that those conversations never happened."

Angela Scundi, who was an understudy to the role of Colombia in the production, told the ABC that GFO had been informed of the allegations.

Erika Heynatz is one of Craig McLachlan’s accusers.
Erika Heynatz is one of Craig McLachlan’s accusers.

"Prior to all of this going public, we sought the advice of lawyers, and a legal team who wrote various letters back and forth to GFO," she told the ABC.

 

In a strongly worded statement issued, Gold Logie winner McLachlan said the allegations were untrue.

 

In an email to Fairfax Media, McLachlan said the claims are "baseless" and "they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety".

Craig McLachlan has denied the allegations. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis
Craig McLachlan has denied the allegations. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis

"These allegations are ALL made up," he said.

Whelan-Browne told 7.30 on Monday she wasn't "doing this for notoriety".

" I don't want to be associated with Craig McLachlan the rest of my life. You don't do it for money. There is no money.

"I've hired my own legal representation. I'm not being paid to be here. I risked my career. There is no money to be made. You do it for other women and for yourself."

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