McLach­lan has ‘ changed’ our the­atre

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - CATHER­INE LAM­BERT

TODD McKen­ney said the Craig McLach­lan sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions have changed Aus­tralia’s the­atre in­dus­try for­ever.

McKen­ney, who is re­plac­ing McLach­lan in the lead role of The Rocky Hor­ror Show in July, said “hope­fully” that change would be pos­i­tive.

McLach­lan ex­clu­sively spoke to The Sun­day Tele­graph re­cently, re­veal­ing how the al­le­ga­tions have af­fected his life and ca­reer. He has filed defama­tion pro­ceed­ings over the al­le­ga­tions.

“There are no win­ners in this sit­u­a­tion but I know the pro­duc­ers are def­i­nitely, 100 per cent tak­ing the is­sue se­ri­ously and I be­lieve it will change the in­dus­try, hope­fully in a pos­i­tive way,” McKen­ney said.

“But I have to say that it’s never felt like a dan­ger­ous in­dus­try for me. I’ve never had any ex­pe­ri­ence of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, not even re­motely, or even been aware of it hap­pen­ing in a show that I was in. My ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try has been noth­ing other than warm and fuzzy ... but there’s no room for ha­rass­ment or bul­ly­ing.”

Adam Ren­nie played the Frank N Furter role in Bris­bane and McKen­ney will take over for Mel­bourne.

Todd McKen­ney.

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