Craig McLachlan has gone on the attack and is using the victim shaming strategy in an attempt to fend off multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations by numerous women. It comes across as a ridiculous strategy by a very desperate man with few options who is taking the advice of fools and it’s bound to fail.
McLachlan, who hit the headlines a few weeks ago with multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, filed defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and actress Christie Whelan Browne on Thursday 1/2/18.
News of Craig McLachlan instituting the defamation case on Thursday was tightly controlled and managed by Seven West Media’s Channel 7. Seven are in effect Craig’s new employer as they now own the rights to the Dr Blake TV series for 2018 which was previously on the ABC for 5 years.
Kerry Stokes’ Channel 7 themselves recently used the victim shaming strategy after former employee Amy Taueber complained of sexual harassment so it is likely Seven who are advising Craig McLachlan.
A reliable source seems to think that Seven West Media are paying for Craig McLachlan’s defamation proceedings. This would not be new as Seven’s lawyer Richard Keegan admitted under oath that Seven West Media are paying for Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 (an on-air TV personality and an actress at Seven) in their frivolous defamation case against me.
Seven have invested heavily into buying the Dr Blake series and if it falls over they are set to lose millions of dollars.
Seven West Media are well-known to have numerous sexual predators working at the company such as CEO Tim Worner. Seven’s main motivation in paying Craig McLachlan’s legal bills are more likely Chairman Kerry Stokes’ desire to shut-down the Australian #MeToo sexual harassment campaign. It is being driven by Tracy Spicer and Fairfax journalist Kate McClymont and if the #MeToo campaign continues it could end up being very costly for Seven and Kerry Stokes.
Trashing Christie Whelan Browne and Erika Heynatz
Craig McLachlan filed and served his defamation statement of claim on Thursday (1/2/18) which was quickly published and broadcast by Channel 7. In his statement of claim Craig trashes Christie Whelan Browne and Erika Heynatz which raises many questions. For starters, why hasn’t he sued Erika Heynatz and the other women?
The claim says Christie Whelan Browne was “herself a notoriously foul-mouthed person who publicly distributed offensive matter and had expressed interest in deviant sexual practices. (Click here to read the full statement of claim) (Pages 7,8 and 9 have most of the claims)
Why didn’t Craig McLachlan make the allegations in public before he filed his claim? Is it because he knows filing it in court first protects him from defamation proceedings from the two women? This came across are very gutless by Craig McLachlan and undermines his credibility.
Below are 2 Tweets I tweeted on Thursday
At least one woman and a man have also made complaints against Craig McLachlan to the Victorian Police who are investigating.
Craig McLachlan has hired barristers Stuart Littlemore QC and Mathew Richardson and lawyer Mark O’Brien to represent him. Having 2 barristers is more reason to believe Seven are running and paying for legal defence.
Bound to fail
The case will become a Seven and News Corp versus Fairfax Media and the ABC battle. Seven would be arrogant thinking they have won a few rounds lately against myself, Amber Harrison and others. But I have no doubt Christie Whelan Browne and the other women will harness the full potential of the internet and social media for support and be the real power in this case, not the old media companies or the NSW Supreme Court.
Fairfax Media up against the wall
Fairfax Media lost a recent defamation case against cricketer Chris Gayle and really can’t afford to lose another one so soon.
Another issue that Fairfax Media will have to deal with is the recent threat against Fairfax Media by Justice Lucy McCallum who is the defamation list judge at the NSW Supreme Court. Justice McCallum heard the Chris Doyle case and Fairfax’s lawyers said they did not get a fair trail.
The NSW Supreme Court judge who presided over West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle’s successful defamation case against Fairfax Media says she is “troubled” by a statement issued by the publisher which suggested it did not get a fair trial.
Justice Lucy McCallum said on Tuesday the statement appeared to be a clear criticism of the court and “it’s not why we have newspapers”. (Click here to read more)
Maybe Justice McCallum might want to explain to the public “why we have newspapers” if it isn’t to keep crooks like her accountable as she suggests.
So will Fairfax ask Justice McCallum to stand aside from having any dealings with this matter? Another problem is that Justice McCallum is well-known to be in Kerry Stokes’ and Seven’s hip pocket and their payroll as she is good friends with Seven’s lawyer Justine Munsie.
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