Whether you know him as Wolf Creek’s Mick Taylor, McLeod’s Daughters Terry Dodge or Picnic At Hanging Rock’s Albert Crundall, John Jarratt is one of Australia’s greatest actors, and a genuinely nice guy.
However, in August 2018, Jarratt’s world came crushing down when he was accused of raping a former housemate in 1976.
The woman told the court she was woken about 3am by Jarratt ripping off her bed covers and underwear before he pinned her down, covered her mouth with his hand and raped her.
The 67-year-old actor testified before the NSW District Court jury, claiming that he was seduced into having consensual sex with the woman in 1976 at the Sydney house they shared with his wife, Rosa Miano, and at least one other person.
The jury took less than two hours to return the unanimous verdict, prompting Jarratt to lift his arms in elation.
“Thank you,” he said as he left the dock.
The actor has maintained his innocence from the moment he was charged.
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I want to say a HUGE thank you to you ALL. Your support and belief in me over the past 2 years has been phenomenal. I would have liked to respond to your messages individually but due to the overwhelming number of them it would have taken me a year! Your support hasn’t only helped me through this traumatic experience, it has also been a light in the darkness for my wife and children.Together with the messages of support, there has been a significant number of people sharing their own stories with me, thank you for reaching out with such personal parts of your lives, this has been incredibly moving and unexpected. Fans, I’m your biggest fan. I’ve been to hell and back but I’m back. Ready to do what I do best for you guys who are the best. JJ #grateful
“What I had… was consensual sex,” Jarratt told Jonesy & Amanda.
“I cheated on my wife when I was 23. I didn’t rape anybody!”
Under a strict suppression order, the accuser’s name is not allowed to be published, however, Jarratt’s name was released by numerous media outlets almost instantaneously.
This undeniably affected his career and personal life, which is why he is speaking out against the legal system.
“They’re called the alleged victim and I’m the alleged perpetrator but the fact of the matter is, at the end of the day, I’m the victim and she is the perpetrator of an evil lie,” he explained, reflecting the premise behind his new book ‘Assault By Media’.
This prompted the question: “What made this lady come out after all these years?”
“I don’t know and I don’t care,” Jarratt responded.
“I’m not interested in why she did it. She planted the seed… I look at her as someone with a big dirty seed she put in the dirt and it grew into 20 months of horror.”
“A front page with Mick Taylor from Wolf Creek sells a lot more newspapers than a podgy accountant in a grey suit,” he said, when discussing the media’s decision to plant his face everywhere.
“It kills everything, and you have to tell your 10-year-old granddaughter what rape means so she doesn’t get teased at school, it’s horrendous!
“This horrendous wounding of innocent people has got to stop!”
Hear John Jarratt’s full interview with Jonesy & Amanda above.