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Craig McLachlan moves to pursue his claim for defamation after not guilty verdict

Craig McLachlan moves to pursue his claim for defamation after not guilty verdict  9News

Actor Craig McLachlan has already moved to pursue his claim for defamation hours after he was found not guilty of indecently assaulting four women during production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Magistrate Belinda Wallington acquitted the actor of all 13 indecent and common law assault charges in Melbourne Magistrates' Court today.

McLachlan watched the verdicts being handed down on a video link from a Sydney office, with his partner Vanessa Scammell in the room.

Craig McLachlan said he will have more to say in the New Year. (Nine)

"We've maintained a dignified and a respectful silence for the past almost three years and put our trust in the law and here we are today," McLachlan said afterwards.

He indicated he would have "a lot" more to say in the New Year.

The magistrate said the four female complainants were "brave and honest witnesses" and did not consent to multiple incidents of inappropriate touching.

However, she said prosecutors did not meet the standard of proving the crimes had occurred and Mclachlan's "egotistical, self-entitled sense of humour" may have led him to believe they were consenting.

Craig McLachlan and partner Vanessa Scammell after the judge handed down the not guilty verdict today. (Nine)

McLachlan sued the ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, and Christie Whelan-Browne for defamation in NSW when allegations against him were first publicised, but the case was stayed until the conclusion of proceedings in Victoria.

9News understands his team has taken steps to re-instate those proceedings which will be mentioned in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have since become part of the Nine Entertainment Company.

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