Craig McLachlan signs with new management for comeback

Craig McLachlan on Instagram recently

Actor Craig McLachlan is primed to make a comeback, revealing he has signed with celebrity manager Max Markson.

“Thrilled to announce that I’ve signed up with the incredible Max Markson – it was time, looking forward to some exciting ventures ahead,” he wrote on Instagram on Monday.

“Your support and encouragement have been everything.”

Markson’s Markson Sparks agency has a high-profile client international list that has also included broadcaster Alan Jones, former US president Bill Clinton, British Olympic legend Sebastian Coe and model Lara Bingle (now Worthington).

According to the Herald Sun, McLachlan is return to the bright lights, as he misses “communing” with audiences, after dealing with a high-profile court case.

The Gold Logie-winner has used some of his time out of the limelight to work on a musical he initially wrote back in 2018.

“A song or two has turned into 35 songs and there is an entire show that speaks to not just the last six years, but life, really,” he reportedly said.

His return follows McLachlan’s defamation action against the ABC, former newspaper publisher Fairfax Media and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne over the claims relating to female performers in the 2014 stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.

The articles were initially published in 2018 and outlined allegations of assault, indecent assault and harassment. They included claims that McLachlan exposed himself to female cast members during the 2014 production.

He was charged with seven counts of indecent assault and six counts of common law assault following the allegations. But they were dismissed in the Victorian Magistrates Court in late 2020.

McLachlan has repeatedly and consistently denied the allegations.

Craig McLachlan trial

Craig McLachlan sensationally quit his defamation case.

In 2022, McLachlan abruptly abandoned his defamation case, saying it was putting “utterly overwhelming” strain on him and his family.

“I cannot continue to place my family under that strain, and my own mental health will not withstand the continuing pressure,” he said.

Just last year, Whelan Browne sued Oldfield Entertainment, alleging victimisation after she made her allegations about McLachlan’s behaviour.

Before ducking in and out of court, McLachlan enjoyed a successful career in Australia, appearing in TV shows such as Home and Away and Neighbours and even winning a Gold Logie as Australia’s most popular TV personality in 1990. He has also released three studio albums.

Amid the fallout from the sexual assault claims, his long-running role in The Doctor Blake Mysteries also came to an end.

In 2023, McLachlan had somewhat of a TV comeback when he joined the cast of the reality show SAS Australia, just months after he had surgery.

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