Ex-Neighbours star Christie Whelan Browne releases statement

Former Neighbors star Christie Whelan Browne released a statement after Craig McLachlan, her former theater show co-star, dropped a defamation lawsuit against her.

McLachlan has said he chose to drop the procedure due to the strain on his mental health and family life.

Whelan Browne has since had a statement say the lawsuit and the fact that her name is being dragged through the mud has been a traumatic experience.

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She said, “I have received multiple threats and constant abuse, and it continues to this day.”

McLachlan decided to sue Whelan Browne for libel after alleging he indecently assaulted the actress during a production of the Rocky Horror Show four years earlier. McLachlan has vehemently denied the allegations.

In an opening statement on May 10, attorney Michael Hodge told the court that 11 women, including Whelan Browne, would testify about “incidents of sexual harassment, indecent exposure, indecent assault, sexual assault and bullying … experienced at the hands of Mr. McLachlan.” “. McLachlan has always denied all wrongdoing.

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Whelan Browne shared how she felt she was “chosen” in the case and that she thought this kind of shame against women was a thing of the past.

The statement continued: “I was then singled out and charged with defamation. My name was dragged through the mud and my character and own behavior were exaggerated and questioned. I had thought this kind of shame was a thing of the past, but I was wrong. .

“The past four and a half years have traumatized me and the other brave women who spoke out then and after.”

She added: “I hope this is a reminder that women will stand up for themselves and each other, even when threatened by the powerful.”

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who are working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and misconduct, at their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Scotland’s Rape Crisis helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact: RAINN or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-4673.

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