Australian actor John Jarratt

Actor John Jarratt has been issued with a notice to appear in court.
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Australian actor John Jarratt has been charged with raping a woman in Sydney’s east in the 1970s.

Police allege an 18-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in September 1976 at a house in Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The woman reported the incident to police in December 2017.

On Friday 66-year-old Wolf Creek star Mr Jarratt was issued with a notice to attend court in October.

Mr Jarratt has previously denied the allegation.

The actor graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in 1973 before going on to appear in many Australian television shows including Play School, A Country Practice and McLeod’s Daughters.

He is best known for the 2005 horror film Wolf Creek, in which he played Mick Taylor.

The ABC has contacted Jarratt for comment.