Claims Aussie actor Craig McLachlan threatened actress 'I will end you' in confrontation after unwanted kiss

Three women have come forward to describe how they felt terrified, anxious and undermined following the alleged actions of Australian actor Craig McLachlan.

Two other women have now contacted police over his alleged behaviour during the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A day after being accused of sexual harassment and intimidation, McLachlan is now facing fresh allegations that his on stage persona wasn't all an act.

Christie Whelan Browne said she didn't know it was sexual harassment.

The 52-year-old denies he assaulted female cast members on and off the stage. Source: 1 NEWS

"I didn't know how inappropriate it was because it was always a joke, but that's not a joke."

The three women have chosen to speak out, sharing accounts of their experiences in the 2014 Rocky Horror Picture Show in explicit and disturbing detail.

Ms Whelan Browne alleges McLachlan took advantage of some of the show's raunchier scenes.

"He was directed to kiss down my neck and my arm and then go out of sight. But he could kiss down my breasts and continue all the way down."

"There were 2,000 people watching, there was nothing to do but just take it."

The women said the Harvey Weinstein scandal compelled them to talk.

Angela Scundi describes McLachlan as a bully after she had a confrontation with him after an unwanted kiss.

"He has his finger in my face and he definitely said:  'You are nothing, don't you dare talk to me like that, I will end you,' and in that moment I believed him."

McLachlan has denied all of the allegations.

The show’s production company, GFO, have released a statement saying they are shocked and that the 52-year-old will not have any further part in the show's current run.

Erika Hatnatz said she discussed taking action with others, but they feared for their careers.

"They're not going to believe us, he's the big head star, they're going to keep him, we're going to lose our jobs because of course we're replaceable."



Kiwi should get longer, 12-year jail term for killing Aussie teen, court told

The New Zealand man who killed promising teenage sportsman Cole Miller in Brisbane should have his jail term increased to 12 years, a court has heard.

Lawyers for Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath today argued in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane that the seven-year sentence given to Armstrong Renata for the single-punch death in 2016 was inadequate.

Mr Miller was struck from behind by Renata while on a night out in the Fortitude Valley nightclub district.

The 18-year-old suffered a massive brain trauma and his family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support two days later.

"What we have here is bordering on the worst example of that type of offence ... here the starting point needs to be something that resembles ... that maximum penalty," barrister Carl Heaton QC said.

Under his current sentence Renata, 23, who pleaded guilty to a single count of unlawful striking causing death, will be able to apply for parole in less than four years.

The father of Cole Miller bravely fronted media after turning off his son's life support. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Heaton argued in court that Justice Helen Bowskill had erred by using manslaughter cases as a guide in setting Renata's sentence.

He said the offence of unlawful striking causing death was more serious, and deserved a harsher punishment.

A 12-year sentence would require Renata to serve 80 per cent of this time behind bars before he can apply for parole.

Defence lawyer John Allen QC said it would be "unusual" to approach the sentence by working down from the maximum penalty, and that this was not justified in Renata's case.

The court has reserved its judgement.

New Zealander Armstrong Renata, 23, punched and killed 18-year-old Cole Miller in a Brisbane nightclub in January 2016. Source: 1 NEWS


Prince Jackson says dad Michael would be 'very happy' with his charitable work as he picks up award

Prince Jackson vowed to carry on his father Michael Jackson's charitable legend as he collected the Motif Lifetime Medal of Honor.

The 21-year-old star picked up the youth advocacy award over the weekend at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and promised he would continue the King of Pop's charitable legacy.

He said: "This is a really special moment for me. My dad did some cool things, but his biggest passion was helping others. I learned how important that was from him. We called the foundation Heal LA, because the goal was to further the cause of dad's Heal the World organisation and start locally by helping out at home.

"John and I got together with a few of our friends at school and decided to do little things to help out. All of a sudden, it just got bigger and bigger. We were giving more and hosting more events, and all of these amazing people started helping. Let's heal LA and Heal the World."

And Prince thinks his father "would be very happy" with his charitable efforts.

He shared: "Our generation, they focus on the wrong things, like, 'Who's wearing what? Who's doing what? Who's vacationing where?' There are real problems going on in the world that can be helped not by powerful people but by everyday people who just go in and devote their time.

"You should be decent enough to help out or want to help out your fellow man or woman."

Prince Jackson. Source: Bang Showbiz


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Conservative Sydney radio host Alan Jones and his team ordered to pay over $4 million in defamation case

Alan Jones and his team have been ordered to pay a record $3.7 million (NZ$4 million) in compensation for defaming a Queensland family by claiming they were responsible for 12 deaths in the 2011 Lockyer Valley floods.

Sydney radio broadcaster Jones, Harbour Radio and 4BC were sued by the prominent Wagner family, who claim they were blamed for the deaths in Grantham when one of the walls of the quarry they owned collapsed.

Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Peter Flanagan dismissed the complaint against journalist Nick Cater in handing down the record Australian defamation payout today.

Brothers John, Denis, Neill and Joe Wagner had sought $1.2 million each from the four defendants.

In a summary of his judgment, Justice Flanagan said the defamatory comments were "extremely serious and of the gravest kind".

He said Jones, Harbour Radio and 4BC had failed to establish any defence to any of the defamatory matters published.

He noted the effect the comments had had on the Wagners.

"Prior to the publication of the defamatory broadcasts, each plaintiff enjoyed an excellent reputation for honesty and integrity, both in business and community circles," he wrote.

"The publication of the defamatory broadcasts was very extensive.

"The defamatory broadcasts have caused each of the plaintiffs to suffer profound personal hurt and harm to their reputations, which includes their business reputations."

Denis Wagner said he does not expect an apology from Jones.

"Mr Jones and his co-defendants relentlessly misled their listeners and the people who had trusted them to be honest and truthful," he said outside court.

"We decided to take a stand against this abhorrent, vicious, deceitful, spiteful behaviour.

"Justice Flanagan has delivered a judgment today which has clearly indicated that people, regardless of how much influence they may consider they have, will be held accountable for their words and actions."

While giving evidence, veteran journalist Cater was accused of omitting evidence possibly contradicting his "narrative" about the Wagner family's blame for the deaths.

But Justice Flanagan ruled he did not seek to conduce Jones to defame the family.

The payout smashes the previous Australian record for defamation, with $2.62 million awarded to Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney last year after police defamed him by naming him as the "prime" and "only" suspect in the murder of his wife, Corryn.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28:  Barbarians coach Alan Jones watches on during the warm-up before the match between the Australian Wallabies and the Barbarians at Allianz Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Conservative Sydney radio host Alan Jones. Source: Getty


Girl, 9, punished with detention for refusing to stand during Australia's national anthem at Brisbane school

The father of a Queensland schoolgirl threatened with suspension for refusing to stand for the national anthem says he is proud of her for standing up for what she believes in.

Kenmore South State School grade four student Harper Nielsen, aged nine, was given detention for not standing when Advance Australia Fair was played in assembly.

She said she believes the lyrics "we are young" marginalises Indigenous people.

"The reason why I don't sing it or stand is because Advance Australia Fair means advance White Australia," she told The Courier-Mail.

"When it says we are young it completely ignores the fact that indigenous culture was here for over 50,000 years before colonisation."
Her father Mark said he supported Harper.

"She's shown incredible bravery in wanting to stick to what she believes in and to make a stance for what she believes is right", he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"We couldn't be more proud of her for wanting to do this."

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