Today, he told a jury that he was “very friendly” with all the cases, giving details of backstage shenanigans taking place offstage, where cast members regularly touched, hugged and kissed each other.
He also told the court that one of the actresses who accused him of inappropriate behavior — Christie Whelan Browne — often pulled down crewmembers’ pants, gave them wedgies, and poked people in the bottom with her fingers in an act he termed as “geese”.
His evidence came after media lawyers told the jury they would hear evidence that McLachlan sexually harassed and indecently assaulted 11 women during his career, including the sexually charged musical, Neighbors and The Doctor Blake Mysteries.
Three women, who starred in a bedside scene with McLachlan on the Rocky Horror Show, claimed that when he disappeared from view of the audience behind a sheet, he either kissed their breasts, buttocks, or back—something that was not part of the script and made them feel “uncomfortable”.
McLachlan told the court that he never kissed any of the actresses under their arms.
Barrister Michael Hodge QC told the jury they could expect evidence from another woman who claims she confronted McLachlan after he stuck his tongue in her mouth onstage.
Hodge said the woman will testify about how McLachlan became aggressive and told her that if she ever spoke like that again, he would “kill” her.
The trial is expected to last four weeks with a range of actors to testify, including Wolf Creek star John Jarratt.