'Wolf Creek' Star John Jarratt to Stand Trial on Historical Sexual Assault Allegations

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The 66-year-old actor, who starred as the murderous Mick Taylor in the outback horror films and TV series, has previously denied the accusations of assault that date back to 1976.

Wolf Creek star John Jarratt has been committed to stand trial in Australia on allegations he sexually assaulted a female roommate in 1976.

Appearing Thursday in Sydney’s District Court, Jarratt's lawyer Bryan Wrench told the court “it’s going to be a short sharp trial when we are ready to go.” Jarratt is set to plead not guilty to the offense. 

Jarratt, 66, a National Institute of Dramatic Art graduate, starred as the murderous Mick Taylor in the successful Australian horror franchise Wolf Creek and its two subsequent TV series. 

He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, in September 1976. The unidentified woman made a report to police officers last December. 

Jarratt’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 7. The trial is expected to take place in 2019. His lawyer previously told a court that his client's career "has been put on suspension pending this allegation" and he would be seeking an early trial date.

Jarratt is one of three high-profile actors who have had allegations, varying from inappropriate behavior to sexual misconduct and sexual assault, raised against them in Australia in the wake of the #MeToo movement.  

Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush is currently suing the News Corp tabloid Daily Telegraph for defamation over allegations that he behaved inappropriately towards his co-star Eryn Jean Norvill during a 2016 Sydney Theater Company production of King Lear — allegations he has vehemently denied.

In another case, actor Craig McLachlan is seeking AUS$6.5 million ($4.75 million) in damages from Fairfax Media, the Australian Broadcasting Corp and his co-star Christie Whelan-Brown over allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct, harassment, bullying and indecent assault towards three actresses during a 2014 production of the Rocky Horror Show. McLachlan says the stories are untrue and have damaged his reputation and mental health.