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Wednesday 16th January 2019

Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan charged with indecent assault

A spokesperson for the soap star said he is innocent

Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been charged on ten counts of assault.

The soap star, best known for playing Henry Ramsay in Neighbours, is said to have been accused of one count of common law assault, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault.

A spokesperson for Craig, 53, said he is innocent. He will appear in court to address the charges in early February.

Craig has denied the charges (Credit: SplashNews.com)

A statement released by Victoria Police in Australia read: "Melbourne Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team have charged a 53-year-old NSW man on one count of common law assault, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault."

Craig is innocent of these charges which will be vigorously defended.

A spokesperson for Craig said: "Craig is innocent of these charges which will be vigorously defended."

Craig performing in The Rocky Horror Show (Credit: Fameflynet)

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Last year, it was reported Craig was accused of sexual misconduct by three women who worked with him in a stage musical of Rocky Horror Show in 2014.

He said then: "Frankly, they seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety.

Craig played Shane, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in Neighbours (Credit: Channel 10)

"In either event, they are to the best of my knowledge utterly and entirely false."

Craig played the brother of Kylie Minogue's character, Charlene, on Neighbours between 1987 and 1989. He then went on to appear in Home and Away playing teacher Grant Mitchell.

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He's also had success as a musician, including having a hit single Mona in the Eighties.

Craig has had success as a musician as well as an actor (Credit: WENN)

More recently, he's starred in The Doctor Blake Mysteries as well as stage musicals.

He is due to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on 8 February.