John Jarratt's accuser speaks up about alleged historical sexual assault
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John Jarratt's accuser speaks up about alleged historical sexual assault

Prominent Australian actor John Jarratt has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman he lived with in a share house with fellow actors in Sydney’s east more than 40 years ago.

The allegation dates back to the mid-1970s and comes in the wake of the global Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.

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

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

On Saturday, police confirmed a 66-year-old man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice on Friday for the offence of rape.

He is due to appear before Waverley Local Court on October 10.

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Jarratt has strongly denied the allegation, which was first reported to police at the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command in December last year, prompting a formal investigation.

The 66-year-old actor is best known for his role in the Australian horror films Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2, in which he plays Mick Taylor, a serial-killing pig-hunter who detains and tortures three backpackers in the Australian outback.

The victim, who has asked not to be named, was 18 in 1975 when she moved into a "big, old high-set house" in Sydney’s east, to live alongside Jarratt, his then wife Rosa and three others.

Jarratt was 24 at the time of the alleged offence.

“We were all young, living in the house ... it was one of those households where everyone was straight out of NIDA. I was doing sculpture at Randwick TAFE in the evenings,” she told the Herald in November last year.

John Jarratt in the TV show Territory Cops.

John Jarratt in the TV show Territory Cops. Credit:Channel Ten

It was at the two-storey home where the woman alleges Jarratt entered her bedroom while she slept one night in October 1975 and sexually assaulted her.

Now 60, the woman also alleges that Jarratt made a second sexual advance towards her months later, which she rejected.

The second incident is alleged to have occurred during a car trip from Sydney to Catherine Hill Bay, where they were working on the set of the film Summer City, starring Mel Gibson, which was released in 1977.

In November last year, the woman said she finally felt strong enough to speak about the alleged assault, after she made a preliminary statement to police.

She credits the experience of former Hey Dad! child star Sarah Monahan for encouraging her to speak out.

"What changed my mind was seeing Sarah Monahan’s [story] play out ... and then all this other stuff came out about Harvey Weinstein and the others … so it made it easier for me to come forward."

Last year Jarratt's spokeswoman from Ignite Elite Artists said the actor "emphatically and completely denies the allegations of sexual assault", adding that the allegations were "completely unfounded and untrue". The Herald understands that Jarratt is no longer represented by Ignite.

Jarratt first took on the role of villain Mick Taylor in the original Wolf Creek film in 2005 and its sequel in 2013.

However he has maintained the character in a spin-off web television series, the second season of which was first aired on Stan last year.

Jarratt also made a cameo appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film Django Unchained.

In early 2016, Jarratt remarried Rosa Miano, his first wife, 27 years after they first separated.

The Herald understands Jarratt has fathered a number of children, including two with his former wife, actor Noni Hazlehurst.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Jarratt had four children with Hazlehurst.