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Wolf Creek star accused of sexual assault

John Jarratt who plays serial killer Mick Taylor in film Wolf Creek 2
Jarrett's representative told News Corp he 'emphatically' denies the allegations. Photo: AAP
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Wolf Creek actor John Jarratt has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a Sydney beach in the 1970s but he “emphatically” denies the claim.

“Police are investigating an allegation of a historic sexual assault on Sydney’s eastern beaches,” a NSW Police spokeswoman said in a statement on Saturday.

“The allegations were reported to police earlier this month and relate to a matter from the 1970s.”

News Corp Australia reports the woman made a statement to Shoalhaven police about a week ago.

Jarratt’s representative told AAP on Saturday that the 65-year-old “emphatically and completely denies the allegations of sexual assault”.

“These allegations are completely unfounded and untrue,” Ignite Elite Artists said in a statement.

Father-of-six Jarratt is best known for his 2005 portrayal of murderous outback villain Mick Taylor in the movie Wolf Creek. 

Married three times, Jarratt’s early career saw him appear in Peter Weir’s 1975 iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock before settling into a series of movie and TV roles throughout the next three decades including a hosting spot alongside second wife Noni Hazlehurst on Better Homes and Gardens and appearances in Police Rescue, Blue Murder, Water Rats and Blue Heelers.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the allegations come just days before Jarratt’s planned red-carpet appearance at Sydney’s Palace Cinema Central on Broadway for the premiere of Stan’s season two of the Wolf Creek television series spin-off.

—with AAP