Actor John Jarratt has informed a Sydney courtroom he was “seduced” into consensual intercourse by a lady who’s now accused him of rape greater than 40 years in the past.
The 66-year-old was giving proof on the fourth day of his NSW District Courtroom trial after pleading not responsible to raping the 19-year-old in an jap Sydney share home.
Throughout a recorded police interview in June final 12 months, he described the allegation as a “scandalous lie” and the considered having intercourse with a lady in opposition to her will as “unimaginable”.
Mr Jarratt as we speak informed the jury he got here dwelling after having dinner with a movie director one night time in 1976 and the girl beckoned him right into a bed room.
He recalled a dialog about engaged on films and the girl telling him she discovered him enticing.
“From there there was, I really feel, a seduction,” Mr Jarratt informed the courtroom.
“I sadly participated in that.
“I willingly went and had intercourse along with her and she or he willingly had intercourse with me.
“It was consensual.”
Mr Jarratt stated the girl informed him to maintain quiet for worry of waking his spouse Rosa Miano.
The complainant has given proof that Mr Jarratt smelled of alcohol when he allegedly compelled himself on her.
However Mr Jarratt stated he hadn’t been ingesting as a result of he was driving.
The actor recalled the “awkward” second of getting dressed once more, contradicting the girl’s proof that he remained clothed, together with that he was carrying a protracted black leather-based coat, through the alleged rape.
The jury was performed a video of Mr Jarratt’s police interview yesterday.
“My father raised me to respect ladies, and that is how I’m,” he informed detectives, studying from an eight-page assertion ready along with his legal professionals.
“I’ve by no means hit or harm a lady bodily.
“It’s unimaginable to me that I may ever have intercourse with a lady in opposition to her will.”
The trial continues.