Craig McLachlan breaks down as he claims his life has been ruined – Daily Mail

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Craig McLachlan claims his life has been ‘ruined’ in a new teaser for his tell-all interview with Channel 7’s Spotlight. 

In the video, which aired on Monday, the actor, 55, and his pianist partner, Vanessa Scammel, both break down in tears.   

‘You see this is not just about a headline for the day, this is ruining lives,’ McLachlan said in the video. 

Tears: Craig McLachlan (right) claims his life has been 'ruined' in a new teaser for his tell-all interview with Channel 7's Spotlight. In the video, which aired on Monday, the actor, 55, and his pianist partner, Vanessa Scammel (left), both break down in tears

Tears: Craig McLachlan (right) claims his life has been 'ruined' in a new teaser for his tell-all interview with Channel 7's Spotlight. In the video, which aired on Monday, the actor, 55, and his pianist partner, Vanessa Scammel (left), both break down in tears

Tears: Craig McLachlan (right) claims his life has been ‘ruined’ in a new teaser for his tell-all interview with Channel 7’s Spotlight. In the video, which aired on Monday, the actor, 55, and his pianist partner, Vanessa Scammel (left), both break down in tears

‘Not just me, you want to crucify me? Fine. Look what it’s done to my beautiful partner, look what it continues to do to my family every day.’

In an earlier teaser, the former Neighbours star looks dishevelled, sporting a grey beard and long hair. 

‘Hope your lives are good, treasure them because they can be taken away like that,’ he says in that video, before snapping his fingers. 

Upset: 'You see this is not just about a headline for the day, this is ruining lives,' McLachlan said in the video. 'Not just me, you want to crucify me? Fine. Look what it's done to my beautiful partner, look what it continues to do to my family every day'

Upset: 'You see this is not just about a headline for the day, this is ruining lives,' McLachlan said in the video. 'Not just me, you want to crucify me? Fine. Look what it's done to my beautiful partner, look what it continues to do to my family every day'

Upset: ‘You see this is not just about a headline for the day, this is ruining lives,’ McLachlan said in the video. ‘Not just me, you want to crucify me? Fine. Look what it’s done to my beautiful partner, look what it continues to do to my family every day’ 

McLachlan is set to tell all in the upcoming interview, which follows his acquittal on sexual assault charges.  

In December, McLachlan was found not guilty of indecently assaulting actors during the running of a hit musical. 

McLachlan had maintained his alleged sexual offending while working on the production was no more inappropriate than a cricketer giving a teammate a pat on the bum.

Dramatic: In an earlier teaser, the former Neighbours star looks dishevelled, sporting a grey beard and long hair

Dramatic: In an earlier teaser, the former Neighbours star looks dishevelled, sporting a grey beard and long hair

Dramatic: In an earlier teaser, the former Neighbours star looks dishevelled, sporting a grey beard and long hair

Statement: 'Hope your lives are good, treasure them because they can be taken away like that,' he says in that video, before snapping his fingers

Statement: 'Hope your lives are good, treasure them because they can be taken away like that,' he says in that video, before snapping his fingers

Statement: ‘Hope your lives are good, treasure them because they can be taken away like that,’ he says in that video, before snapping his fingers

In a 105 page decision, Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington found McLachlan not guilty of all charges.   

Ms Wallington said it was McLachlan’s ‘egotistical self entitled sense of humour’ that led him to believe at least one of his alleged victim’s would either not mind or find his behaviour funny. 

‘I want it noted the following: The four complainants were brave and honest witnesses. I was not persuaded that there was evidence of collusion between the complainants,’ Ms Wallington said. 

‘I was not persuaded that there was evidence of motive, or that the complaints were made for reason of career ambition or any other such reason.’

Court: In December, McLachlan was found not guilty of indecently assaulting actors during the running of a hit musical

Court: In December, McLachlan was found not guilty of indecently assaulting actors during the running of a hit musical

Court: In December, McLachlan was found not guilty of indecently assaulting actors during the running of a hit musical

As the contested hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court drew to an end, it was heard McLachlan’s defence had submitted 160 pages denying the allegations.  

He had endured months of scrutiny which saw him and his partner Vanessa Scammel forced to make their way through media packs outside of a Melbourne court.   

Police had alleged McLachlan either indecently assaulted or assaulted four complainants in Melbourne between April 26, 2014 and July 13, 2014. 

Complaints: Police had alleged McLachlan either indecently assaulted or assaulted four complainants in Melbourne between April 26, 2014 and July 13, 2014

Complaints: Police had alleged McLachlan either indecently assaulted or assaulted four complainants in Melbourne between April 26, 2014 and July 13, 2014

 Complaints: Police had alleged McLachlan either indecently assaulted or assaulted four complainants in Melbourne between April 26, 2014 and July 13, 2014

The allegations became public after one of his alleged victims went public following the worldwide scandal involving disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

McLachlan immediately filed defamation action against The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, the ABC and an actress over the news reports last year.

The defamation trial had been postponed until the criminal proceedings in Melbourne finished and is now expected to proceed.

McLachlan has applied for the police to pay his costs. 

Pictured: McLachlan as he appeared in the hit soap opera Neighbours back in his glory days

Pictured: McLachlan as he appeared in the hit soap opera Neighbours back in his glory days

Pictured: McLachlan as he appeared in the hit soap opera Neighbours back in his glory days

 

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