Monday 16 May 2022 06:34 AM Craig McLachlan denies saying Erika Haynetz 'ruined' Rocky Horror show trends now
Craig McLachlan manipulated actresses, and played them off each other with insults and promises of role changes during and after the 2014 run of the Rocky Horror Show, a jury has heard.
Stepping into the witness box for a fifth day in his defamation trial against Fairfax and the ABC, McLachlan, 56, was questioned about whether he had used insults when referring to particular actresses behind their back during the theatrical production.
'You would disparage one female cast member in speaking to another female cast member,' Mr Hodge said on Monday.
'No,' McLachlan replied.
The actor denied describing Erika Haynetz who played Magenta in the production as 's***' and 'ruining the show' to another actress Angela Scundi, and said he never referred to a third actress Christie Whelan Browne as 'a c*** or a bitch' who would never work in theatre again.
Craig McLachlan with his wife Vanessa. He denied claims he insulted a series of actresses - but
Mr Hodge suggested McLachlan had manipulated Whelan Browne into congratulating him for a 2014 Helpmann award win by saying he was privately in her corner during difficulties in the Rocky Horror production.
The actress has said she was disappointed, frustrated and unsupported during that time.
Claims he had supported Whelan Browne were a lie to get her to apologise for not