John Jarratt drops defamation action against Daily Telegraph

In July Wolf Creek star was found not guilty of sexually assaulting his former housemate

John Jarratt
Wolf Creek star John Jarratt, who last month was found not guilty of sexual assault, has dropped defamation proceedings against the Daily Telegraph. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP

Wolf Creek star John Jarratt, who was found not guilty of raping a Sydney housemate in 1976, has abandoned his defamation lawsuit against the Daily Telegraph.

The 66-year-old actor was found not guilty by a district court jury in July after a week-long trial.

He testified he had consensual sex with the woman and only learned of her allegation in November 2017 when he saw a front page story in the Daily Telegraph.

His defamation action against the newspaper, and reporter Jonathon Moran, was launched in the NSW supreme court in November 2018.

Days after the verdict, Jarratt’s lawyer, Chris Murphy, said on Twitter the statement of claim was filed at that time pending resolution of the police charge.

Documents were then to be served on the defendants, and the matter was due to be mentioned in the supreme court on Friday.

But a court media spokesperson said the actor filed a notice of discontinuance on 9 August.