Australian actor Craig McLachlan accused of indecent assault

Denial Australian actor Craig Mc Lachlan has vehemently denied allegations of indecent assault and sexual harassment put forward by multiple women in a joint investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC on Monday

Two of the women said they complained to a senior member of staff at the time of the alleged harassment, but nothing was done.

A spokesperson for the Victoria Police department confirmed that detectives from Melbourne's Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team are now investigating the allegations.

The popular actor, best known for his roles in the Doctor Blake Mysteries, Neighbours and Home & Away has said in an email to Fairfax Media the claims are "baseless" and "they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety".

The women say they have come forward to protect current cast members from risk.

"We take these allegations very seriously, and have always endeavoured to prioritise a safe working environment", the statement said.

It insisted it was previously unaware of the allegations, saying "records show the claimants at no time made any complaint - formal or informal - to the company manager or executive producer of The Rocky Horror Show in 2014".

McLachlan has agreed to stand down from the current production at the Adelaide Festival Centre and is expected to be replaced in Tuesday night's show by his understudy Adam Rennie.

Three actresses - Christie Whelan Browne, Angela Scundi and Erica Heynatz claim that over the course of the 2014 season of The Rocky Horror Show, McLachlan performed an array of indecent acts.

Another actress said that he exposed himself to her, while a third woman claims he kissed her without permission.

"Furthermore no one at GFO recalls any verbal discussion of this nature".

It was reported that some of the female actors made police reports about the alleged behaviour.

"It is not appropriate for December to respond to the allegations about Craig McLachlan's behavior in relation to another production he has appeared in". It would be distressing to us if anyone within our company was dismissive of sexual assault allegations, and this will form part of our internal investigation'.

Whelan Browne said McLachlan pulled aside her underwear during a performance and kissed her buttock.

The show is produced by industry heavyweight, the Gordon Frost Organisation (GFO), which has produced many hit musicals including The Sound of Music, Annie, Wicked, Grease and, currently, The Book of Mormon and The Wizard of Oz.

An ABC spokesperson told Fairfax there had been "no complaints made to the ABC involving any members of the Doctor Blake cast, who are employed by December Media".

"However, in the light of these allegations December Media will temporarily hold production preparations for the new series to allow due process".

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