Producers of the Doctor Blake Mysteries have cleared Craig McLachlan of claims he sexually harassed his co-workers on set.
An investigation by the ABC show was launched after three women - Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi - who performed alongside McLachlan on the Rocky Horror Show in 2014 alleged they were "abused, harassed or assaulted" by the star, something McLachlan has always vehemently denied.
Show execs had hired a workplace consultant, Fiona Bigelli, to investigate the claims of sexual misconduct on the set of the top-rating TV show, but said in a statement, "there were no findings of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct or workplace bullying by Craig McLachlan or any other person on Doctor Blake."
Despite their conclusion, they did admit that the show's workplace culture was "bawdy and crude" and may have offended some cast and crew members.
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After extensive interviews with cast members and identifying a "workplace humour which has been described by many as sexual, lewd, bawdy, 'Benny-Hill-esque' and crude" Fiona added the team will be implementing "improved practices" on set moving forward.
Logie winner Craig McLachalan — who is the star of the Australian drama — had previously said he would fight the claims of sexual misconduct that have been brought against him, telling The Daily Telegraph, "the truth will come out.”
The actor was accused in an exposé by the The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC, in which Home and Away actress Erika Heynatz, who played Magenta in the iconic stage show, claimed McLachlan once straddled her on a lounge in a green room and kissed her without permission.
Christie Whelan Browne said he "indecently assaulted her during the show," alleging that while on stage with McLachlan and only visible to the audience from the waist up, he pulled up her underwear and kissed her buttocks.
Victoria Police are currently investigating the allegations.
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