Craig McLachlan leaves Rocky Horror Show following harassment claims

Allegations that McLachlan had sexually harassed his fellow performers in the musical’s 2014 production have led to the actor stepping down from his role in the current tour.

Photo by Jeff Busby

Following accusations made in the media Monday morning that he was ‘really calculated and very manipulative, a predator,’ actor Craig McLachlan has left the cast of cult musical, Rocky Horror Show.

A statement released on Monday afternoon by The Gordon Frost Organisation (GFO), the producers of Rocky Horror Show, said McLachlan and the GFO ‘have mutually agreed that it is not appropriate for him to continue in the current production of the show. We will be conducting a full internal investigation and will cooperate fully with authorities.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts