Australian actor Craig McLachlan has slammed the ABC and Nine Newspapers for airing a series of “fresh” sexual harassment and bullying accusations against him, in what he describes as false and “deceptive”.

Last year, McLachlan was found not guilty after being accused of indecently assaulting four female co-stars in a 2014 musical production of the Rocky Horror Show.

He was also acquitted of seven counts of indecent assault and six counts of common law assault.

McLachlan said that both Nine and the ABC reported a court document that was referred to in the news reports as a historical document, revealing that it was the Amended Defence to his defamation claim filed in December 2018.

“The so called ‘fresh’ allegations were again published on 15 May 2021, with the deceptive and sensationalised claim that they had just been revealed,” McLachlan said in a statement.

“The ABC and Nine were aware that the Seven Network intended to broadcast a TV documentary special the following night which would give me the first public opportunity to tell my side of the story following my full acquittal of the 13 assault charges.”

“The evidence which emerged during court including the dismissed assault charges substantially proves the so called ‘fresh’ allegations are false.”

“The malicious motive of the ABC and Nine in republishing false allegations two-and-a-half years old was to undermine any benefit I might have received from telling my story on the Channel 7 program,” he said.

This article originally appeared on Over60.