Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt ‘relieved’ after court clears him of landmark rape allegation
Australian actor John Jarratt was cleared of raping his former roommate 40 years ago and said he was “over the moon” at the verdict.
Jarratt played serial killer Mick Taylor in the 2005 horror film Wolf creek, as well as its sequel and spinoff television series.
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The 66-year-old was charged with raping the woman in 1976 at the Sydney home she shared with him and his wife, Rosa Miano.
He punched in the air when the New South Wales District Court jury returned their unanimous decision, according to the Australian Associated Press.
“I’m in heaven,” Jarratt told reporters in court.
He added: “I am so relieved. No man should have to go through what I’ve been through.
Jarratt, whose acting career began in the early 1970s, was charged with rape in August 2018 after the woman came forward in 2017 to report the alleged assault to police.
She told the court during the trial that she was woken up at 3 a.m. by Jarratt ripping off her comforter and underwear before slipping a hand over her mouth and raping her.
The woman said she did not report to police sooner for fear of damaging her friendship with Miano and two friends said they learned of the incident in the years following the allegations.
Jarratt admitted to having consensual sex with the woman and said there was a “flirtation” after recognizing him in a movie.
He said he admitted the one-night stand to his wife seven years later during a “truth session.”
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During his nearly 50-year career, Jarratt appeared in films including Picnic at Hanging Rock and Australia, as well as showing up for a cameo in Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained.
He published an autobiography, titled The B *** ard of the bush, in 2015.