‘lewd’ videos of actor aired in court

Shocking videos of Aussie actor Craig McLachlan pretending to perform a sex act and sitting on a toilet with his pants around his ankles have been aired in court.

The former soap star and Gold Logie winner was shown touching his groin in one of the videos played before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.

“I’m simulating touching myself outside of my shorts,” Mr McLachlan said, when questioned what he was doing in the footage.

Prosecutor Matt Fisher questioned whether the actor was simulating masturbation.

McLachlan replied he was simulating the act “comically”.

The 55-year-old has been charged with seven counts of indecent assault and six counts of common law assault against four women during a run of the Rocky Horror Show.

He has denied all the allegations against him.

Two other videos showed him doing exaggerated faces while sitting on a toilet and also of him on the floor of a bathroom.

He said the toilet videos were a “comedic video” because one of the complainants had been “sh**ing constantly” due to catering.

The actor told the court the pair sent each other “lewd jokes” in texts and the videos were part of that.

The complainant was a co-star during the Rocky Horror Show but the footage was recorded after the run of the musical.

“It was a continuation of the same line of joking initiated [by the complainant],” he said.

The hearing in front of Magistrate Belinda Wallington continues.

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