A judge looked badly at attempts by indecent attacking actor Craig McLachlan’s attorney to criticize a woman for posing in “slutty” photos.
Stuart Littlemore QC attempted to discredit allegations that McLachlan had been sexually inappropriate for four co-stars while running the Rocky Horror Show in Australia.
“I’ll call a spade a spade. These photos show people in kinky poses,” Mr Littlemore told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.
He said this was “part of the culture of admissibility” among the performers of the highly sexualized world-famous musical.
Magistrate Belinda Wallington described the references to “kinky photos” as extremely unfortunate and said the court did not necessarily endorse such language.
She will decide next month whether McLachlan is guilty of a total of 13 indecent and common law attacks.
Mr Littlemore said a photo of the woman posing had a caption referring to her “black box”.
“Isn’t that messed up?” he said. He also claimed the way the woman dressed and did her hair when she testified was misleading.
Prosecutor Matt Fisher said Mr. Littlemore’s courtroom tactics belonged to “the dark ages”.
McLachlan faces allegations, including running his finger over the shape of a co-star’s vagina while the couple performed a “bedroom” scene.
Prosecutors said this was not part of McLachlan’s role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
The actor argued that the timing of this scene made the claim impossible.
At one point he also broke into a song to illustrate how in another scene he wouldn’t have had time to stick his tongue into a co-star’s mouth.
This woman said she later told McLachlan, “Never do this to me again,” to which he allegedly replied, “You are nothing. I will end you.”
He was also accused of kissing a co-star’s neck, breasts, stomach and buttocks at least 20 times during the performances.
A prosecutor said McLachlan knelt in front of her in her locker room, she was beautiful and he couldn’t stop thinking about her.
Then he allegedly kissed her on the mouth and said he was “so embarrassed” and “made a fool of me”.
Mr Littlemore said the women were liars who worked together and in some cases got engaged to bring down McLachlan.
None of his accusers came forward until after the show.
Mr Fisher said this was because McLachlan starred in the musical and an influential figure in the industry, and the women feared complaints would affect their own careers.
“There was a very real power imbalance between the defendant and each of the complainants,” said the prosecutor.
McLachlan previously described one of the women as “the most vulgar” he had ever met.
At one point he filmed himself pretending to masturbate and sent it to this woman. The video was played in court.
McLachlan said it was one of several “lewd jokes” the couple shared while working on another product.
“I’ve always been sociable, I’ve always been energetic and enthusiastic, and over the top at work,” he told the court last week about his behavior on the set.
Ms. Wallington will make her decision on the charges on December 15th.
Australian Associated Press