Doctor Blake 'on hold' pending McLachlan probe

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 9 January 2018

Production of The Doctor Blake Mysteries has been placed on hold while police investigate sexual misconduct allegations against the show's star Craig McLachlan.

A Fairfax Media/ABC investigation revealed allegations that the former soap star indecently assaulted and sexually harassed actresses during the production of the Rocky Horror Show in 2014.

McLachlan has vehemently denied the allegations, which are now being investigated by Victoria Police.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is produced by South Melbourne production house December Media.

In a statement, December Media said it would hold production preparations for the new series to “allow due process” and was confident there had been no incidents of inappropriate behaviour during the show's production.

"December Media is confident that throughout the production of The Doctor Blake Mysteries there have been no incidents involving any member of cast or crew, acting in any way inappropriately towards other cast and crew," the statement read.

"Throughout the six years of production of Doctor Blake it has not only been an enormously popular show on air but popular with cast and crew who come back to work on the series year after year. Craig has been central to this success both in front of camera and on set. It is not appropriate for December to respond to the allegations about Craig McLachlan’s behavior in relation to another production he has appeared in."

Seven picked up rights to the show this year after four seasons on the ABC. The public broadcaster has pulled the program from its catch up service iview.

AdNews has approached Seven for comment.

McMcLachlan is the second major Australian TV star to be accused of sex misconduct in recent months following allegations against celebrity gardener Don Burke.

AdNews is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct in the advertising industry.

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