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Australian actor McLachlan charged with indecent assault

SYDNEY — Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault and one count of common assault after being accused of sexual misconduct by three women who worked with him in a stage musical.

Police in Victoria state on Friday said a 53-year-old man, identified by news media as McLachlan, has been summoned to appear in court over the nine charges, and another charge of attempted indecent assault.

A spokesman for the former star of long-running Australian TV series “Neighbours” and “Home and Away” said in a brief statement that McLachlan denied all of the charges, which arose after a production of “The Rocky Horror Show” in 2014.

The statement said: “Craig is innocent of these charges which will be vigorously defended.”