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Neighbours' Craig McLachlan tells defamation trial that co-star 'goosed' him
Neighbours actor Craig McLachlan has claimed that his former Rocky Horror Show co-star used to "goose" him by poking him between the buttocks. The actor is suing Christie Whelan Browne – who he worked with on the production in 2014 – as well as the ABC and Fairfax Media over claims made in reports in 2018.He says they defamed him by publishing stories that portrayed him as having harassed and bullied female performers in the musical's 2014 run, allegations that he denies.The case is being heard in the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia and Craig, 56, has taken to the witness stand.The actor said that he and musical theatre star Christie worked together in 2005 on a production of Grease.Craig, who shot to fame as Henry Ramsay in the hit Aussie soap, said that the pair got on "fabulously" and that they had plenty of laughs while they were working together.He told the court that after a performance the actress asked him to take "quasi porno shots".Craig said the positions were Christie's choice.He also said that she asked him to pull her hair but that he said no.Craig – who has been with his partner Vanessa Scammell since 2009 - claimed that Christie was the "goosing queen of the cast" when they worked together on The Rocky Horror Show in 2014.He said that it was something that she did to him and other members of the cast.Explaining goosing, he said it was a finger or "couple of fingers poked between the buttocks".The star said Christie would also try to "dacks" cast members which means pulling their paints down as a prank.The actor is suing for defamation over claims made in 2018 that he allegedly indecently assault, harassed, bullied and exposed himself to female cast members during the 2014 production.
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This Morning turns tense as Dermot O'Leary swipes he 'doesn't get enough air time'
Dermot O'Leary has hit out at This Morning bosses for not giving him enough time on the airwaves.On Friday (May 6), Dermot was presenting the ITV show alongside his co-host Allison Hammond when things turned more than a bit tense.The pair were chatting to a 'manifesting coach' about how to get the most out of your life when Dermot couldn't resist a cheeky joke about "manifesting more air time".Roxie Nafousi chatted about her book and podcast on the show, with Allison joking: "You never know, you might get us both on [the podcast]! I can tell you how I manifested Dermot!"Dermot then hit out, asking: "Can I manifest having a bit more air time when I come on the podcast?"He did an impression of him sitting listening to Allison, cheekily resting his chin on his hand as he moaned: "And another thing, oh yeah... something like that."Allison thankfully took it all in good humour as she pointed to the camera, urging him: "Well, this is you now! You can lead it to the break, take it to the break!" as she reminded him of his lines on the autocue.It comes after Dermot was replaced on the ITV show by Irish presenter Craig Doyle.On Bank Holiday Monday (May 2), Dermot was granted the day off as Craig stepped in to help lighten Allison's presenting load.Kicking off the show, Craig giggled: "I feel like I've stepped into my telly.
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Soapstar Superstar contestants 15 years on - body makeover, famous split and hit music
Coronation Street, Emmerdale, EastEnders and many more battle it out in the hope of winning £200,000 for charity.Hosted by Fern Britton, Ben Shepherd and Blue's Duncan James, the hugely popular show ran for two series between 2006-2007 - with many fans left in awe at their favourite star's hidden musical talents.However, many viewers may be wondering what happened to the stars who appeared on the series too - and over 15 year since Soapstar Superstar ended, Daily Star has taken a look at where the winners and runners up of the show are now.Richard Fleeshman was the first ever winner of Soapstar Superstar, beating fellow contestants Andy Whymet and Lucy Pargeter all the way back in 2006.Three years previously he had also become the youngest contestant ever to win Celebrity Stars In Your Eyes at the age of 13 years old - so with such a great singing voice, it is no wonder he scooped the £200,000 prize for charity The Kirsty Appeal on Soapstar Superstar.After playing Craig Harris in Coronation Street between 2002-2006, the actor has become an established theatre star, performing in productions such as Legally Blonde, The Last Ship and Chicago.He has since made a return to our TV screens however, appearing in BBC series Call The Midwife, Reign and most recently, ITV2 wrestling sitcom Deep Heat as Nick Nitro.Richard also has a link to music megastar Elton John too, as he supported the star on his 2008 tour, following the release of Richard's debut album with Universal records.In his personal life, the actor is also dating model Celinde Schoenmaker, who appeared in films such as Phantom Of The Opera and Rocketman.He has also wowed fans with snaps of his toned abs on Instagram, as well as showing off his athletic physique in
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