Stan continues airing Wolf Creek after sexual assault charge
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Stan continues airing Wolf Creek after sexual assault charge

Local streaming platform Stan hasn't pulled the plug on popular television series Wolf Creek despite the show’s lead actor being charged with rape.

Prominent Australian actor John Jarratt was last week charged with a historical sexual assault. The 66-year-old is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman he lived with in a Sydney share house around 40 years ago.

Jarratt strongly denies the allegation and will face court on Wednesday, October 10. The actor is best known for portraying serial killer Mick Taylor in the Wolf Creek film series.

He reprised his role in 2016, after Stan (part-owned by Fairfax Media) created a television spin-off and the show was later renewed for a second season. As of Monday afternoon, it was still available to Stan subscribers.

Commercial streaming platforms have, in the past, refrained from pulling shows from their catalogues when a significant cast member has been accused of inappropriate behaviour.

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House of Cards, for example, remains part of Netflix’s catalogue despite the accusations against Kevin Spacey. However, the Hollywood actor was booted from the political thriller’s final season.

John Jarratt is best known for his role in Wolf Creek.

John Jarratt is best known for his role in Wolf Creek.

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Amazon Prime has also continued to screen Transparent despite lead actor Jeffrey Tambor being accused of sexual harassment.

The Emmy-award winner has strongly denied any wrongdoing, but won't appear in the show's upcoming fifth season. It is expected his character, Maura Pfefferman, will be written out of the series.

When contacted by Fairfax Media, a Stan spokeswoman issued a brief statement. "Given the matter is before the courts, we are not in a position to comment," she said.