‘I wanted her to feel better about leaving him’: Woman who claims she was raped by Wolf Creek star John Jarratt reveals why she told his wife about the alleged attack

  • Woman who claims she was raped by John Jarratt didn’t tell police for decades 
  • She told a jury in Sydney on Tuesday she didn’t think police would believe her
  • The woman told Jarratt’s ex wife ‘so she would feel better that she’d left him’ 
  • Jarratt pleaded not guilty to raping the woman, his former housemate, in 1976

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 23:46 EDT, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 23:48 EDT, 1 July 2019

A woman who says she was raped by actor John Jarratt has told a Sydney jury she didn’t report him to the police for decades because she didn’t think she would be believed.

Jarratt has pleaded not guilty in the NSW District Court to raping his former housemate in 1976 in a home they shared with his wife, Rosa Miano, and another woman.

Jarratt says the sex was consensual.

A woman who claims she was raped in 1976 by actor John Jarratt told a jury in Sydney on Tuesday she didn’t tell police until 40 years later because she did not think she would be believed

The woman said she told Jarratt’s ex-wife Rosa (left) about the alleged rape after the couple split to make her ‘feel better about the fact she had left him’

Under cross-examination from the actor’s barrister, Greg James QC, the woman on Tuesday said she didn’t say anything about the rape at the time because she didn’t want to damage Ms Miano’s marriage.

But when she heard they’d split up, the woman visited Ms Miano at her parent’s home and told her about the rape, she said.

‘I wanted her to feel better about the fact she had left him.’

Mr James asked the alleged victim why she didn’t go to the police then, given she no longer needed to preserve the marriage.

‘I was too scared to go to the police,’ she said.

‘I didn’t think they would believe me.’

The woman first went to police in 2017. The trial continues.

 John Jarratt has pleaded not guilty to the alleged rape and says the sex was consensual 

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