He had been charged with seven counts of indecent assault and 6 of widespread legislation assault towards 4 girls throughout a run of the musical Rocky Horror Present.
Justice of the Peace Belinda Wallington dismissed all 13 expenses towards McLachlan, a former star of long-running Australian TV sequence Neighbours and Residence and Away.
Ms Wallington wished it identified the 4 complainants “had been courageous and trustworthy witnesses”, however their testimonies didn’t show McLachlan’s guilt past an inexpensive doubt.
She rejected McLachlan’s solutions the ladies colluded towards him.
Among the many allegations had been that McLachlan tickled a girl’s thigh from behind whereas onstage throughout a run of the present in Melbourne. Prosecutors argued this amounted to indecent assault or, failing that, assault.
Melbourne Magistrates Courtroom was informed McLachlan performed methods on the solid to make them snigger. In her choice, Ms Wallington stated the actor appeared to have thought touching his co-star this manner was humorous.
However she couldn’t exclude the likelihood that an “egotistical self-entitled sense of humour led the accused to genuinely assume that (the lady) was consenting to his actions”.
McLachlan was additionally accused of tracing his finger across the define of one other lady’s vagina whereas they carried out a bed room scene. Prosecutors stated this was not a part of McLachlan’s position as Dr Frank-N-Furter.
Ms Wallington concluded McLachlan stopped touching the lady when he grew to become conscious she didn’t consent, and dismissed that cost of indecent assault.
McLachlan has all the time denied all of the allegations towards him.
His authorized group took purpose at his accusers’ motivations for coming ahead, the garments they wore, poses they struck in images and the way in which they interacted with solid members in the course of the extremely sexualised manufacturing.
Ms Wallington was perturbed that McLachlan’s attorneys appeared unfamiliar with guidelines prohibiting inappropriate questioning.
“I used to be not assisted by the traces of questioning … that referred to as into query the reputations of the complainants, sexual or in any other case, (or) the poses they struck,” she stated.
McLachlan gave proof that he had all the time been “energised and enthusiastic and excessive within the office”.
Following the choice, which he didn’t seem in individual for, he informed reporters he had maintained “a dignified and respectful silence for the previous virtually three years” and put his belief within the legislation.
McLachlan stated: “We aren’t going to talk in any element right this moment. We will definitely achieve this within the instant new 12 months. As you may think about, we’ve got rather a lot to say.”