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Craig McLachlan sensationally DROPS his defamation lawsuit against actress and two media outlets on the same day the first of 11 women were due to give evidence against him

  • Craig McLachlan dropped defamation suit on day woman was to give evidence
  • McLachlan was suing ABC, Nine Network and actor Christie Whelan-Browne 
  • He walked away from lawsuit on Friday as first of 11 women due to give evidence 

Craig McLachlan has dropped his defamation lawsuit on the same day the first of 11 women were due to give evidence against him.

McLachlan walked away on Friday from the lawsuit taken out against the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald and actor Christie Whelan-Browne.

In January 2018 articles accused the actor of touching, kissing and groping actresses without permission in The Rocky Horror Show, Neighbours, City Homicide and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. 

Some 11 women were set to be called to give evidence against McLachlan.  

Craig McLachlan has dropped his defamation lawsuit on the same day the first of 11 women were due to give evidence against him

McLachlan walked away on Friday from the lawsuit taken out against the ABC, Nine Network and actor Christie Whelan-Browne

McLachlan walked away on Friday from the lawsuit taken out against the ABC, Nine Network and actor Christie Whelan-Browne

Barrister Michael Hodge, QC, then told the court he had ‘just been given notice that Mr McLachlan is applying for leave to discontinue the proceedings’. 

The court adjourned for discussions and will resume at 2pm for the case to be withdrawn.

On Thursday, a friend of McLachlan’s told the court he was loved by everyone in the entertainment industry until he was shunned after media reports accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

‘I was fearing the worst,’ said actor Daniel Thompson, who became the second witness to testify to worrying the actor could take his life.

Describing McLachlan as ‘a very sensitive person’, Thompson said he had been very worried the reports would destroy him.

McLachlan agreed he had brought sexual jokes and pranks to The Rocky Horror Show, including deep-throating bananas and masturbating crew members’ arms.

In January 2018 articles accused the actor of touching, kissing and groping actresses without permission in The Rocky Horror Show, Neighbours, City Homicide and The Doctor Blake Mysteries

In January 2018 articles accused the actor of touching, kissing and groping actresses without permission in The Rocky Horror Show, Neighbours, City Homicide and The Doctor Blake Mysteries 

But he has denied the allegations made in 2018, and accused Ms Whelan Browne and two other women of approaching the media for notoriety or money.

Mr Thompson, whose stage name is Danny Tesla, told the jury that up until about 2017 McLachlan had a very good reputation and was incredibly successful.

‘In the industry everyone loved him including myself,’ he said.

But after the publications, he became very worried that McLachlan would take his own life.

More to come 

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