Australian actor Craig McLachlan is due to face court in Melbourne on a raft of indecent assault charges, believed to stem from allegations raised by colleagues.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries star, 53, was charged on summons in January with eight counts of indecent assault, one of common assault and attempted indecent assault.
At the time, a spokesman for McLachlan said "Craig is innocent of these charges which will be vigorously defended".
The Gold Logie winner is scheduled to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, when it will be his first appearance over the charges.
McLachlan became a household name for his roles on Neighbours and Home and Away, and more recently he has led the Ballarat-filmed TV series Doctor Blake Mysteries.
He faced allegations of misconduct by fellow cast members in the Rocky Horror Show stage production, in which he played Dr Frank-N-Furter in 2014.
The actor strongly denied the allegations and launched defamation action in NSW last year, suing Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne.
McLachlan is seeking $6.5 million in special damages in the defamation case, which has been delayed until after his criminal proceedings in Victoria.
Australian Associated Press