Craig McLachlan has avoided possible jail by winning the sexual assault case against him today (15/12/20) but in doing so he has almost certainly lost his defamation case and his career is in tatters as the magistrate found his sexual behaviour was “lewd” and “inappropriate”.
One inference that could possibly be drawn from the Magistrate’s comments is that Craig McLachlan is a sexual predator which will make it almost impossible for McLachlan to win his defamation case against the ABC, SMH and actress Christie Whelan Browne.
Channel Nine reported today (15/12/20)
The magistrate told the court the four female complainants were “brave and honest witnesses” and did not consent to multiple incidents of inappropriate touching.
However, she said prosecutors did not meet the standard of proving the crimes had occurred.
Among the allegations were that McLachlan touched a woman near her genitals during a live show, ran his hand up the leg of a woman and other instances of kissing
Magistrate Wallington today hit out at McLachlan, describing him as an egotistical and self-entitled man who either thought the women were consenting to the inappropriate and lewd behaviour, or that they would think it was funny.
The magistrate also took aim at McLachlan’s defence lawyer Mr Littlemore for his line of questioning towards the complainants and what she said was a victim-blaming attitude towards the women. (Click here to read more
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. (Click here to read the full article)
McLachlan was charged with criminal offences relating to the same matters, so the defamation case was stayed until the criminal matter was finalised.
It is not uncommon for people to use defamation cases to try and conceal the truth and in this case, it has backfired badly for McLachlan.
Unless there is an appeal by the prosecution the criminal charges have now been finalised which means the defamation case can now proceed. And that is where the problems now begin for McLachlan. Does he continue with the defamation case and likely lose given the comments by the magistrate or does he withdraw the proceedings and pay for costs for the other parties? He damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
No matter what the ABC, SMH and actress Christie Whelan Browne have said about Craig McLachlan it can’t be as damaging to McLachlan’s reputation as what Magistrate Wallington has said in her judgment. Look up the definition of “lewd” and it says:
Lewd: crude and offensive in a sexual way. Synonyms: vulgar · crude · smutty · dirty · filthy · obscene · pornographic · coarse · tasteless
Magistrate Wallington also said: “the four female complainants were “brave and honest witnesses” and did not consent to multiple incidents of inappropriate touching” which would greatly help the ABC, SMH and actress Christie Whelan Browne utilise the justification (truth) defence in McLachlan’s defamation case against them.
I think McLachlan’s career is fairly well over as I can’t see producers of TV and the theatre hiring him anytime soon.
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