A YOUNG John Jarratt forced himself on a sleeping housemate, held her down and whispered in her ear as he raped her in their Sydney share house, a jury has been told.

The actor's NSW District Court trial began on Monday after he pleaded not guilty to one count of raping a woman in a Randwick home in 1976.

Crown prosecutor John Bowers, in his opening address, said the jury was expected to be shown a taped statement from Jarratt that states the extramarital sex was consensual and occurred on the night he was confirmed as the lead actor for the film Summer City .

John Jarratt arrives at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney, Monday, July 1, 2019. Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP
John Jarratt arrives at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney, Monday, July 1, 2019. Picture: Joel Carrett/AAP

 

Rosa Miano is also expected to testify during her husband's trial that he told her about the extramarital sex eight years later in 1984, Mr Bowers said.

But Mr Bowers said he expected the complainant to testify that she at no time consented to sex and that Jarratt covered her mouth during the incident.

"She'll say the accused ... was whispering in her ear 'you're just like a blonde Rosa'," he told the jury.

Jarratt was charged after the complainant - who cannot be named for legal reasons - reported the matter to police in late 2017.

The trial continues.


Maccas kicks off ‘crucial’ McHappy Day fundraising

Premium Content Maccas kicks off ‘crucial’ McHappy Day fundraising

The Ronald McDonald House Charities supported 158 Mackay and Whitsunday families...

11 things you missed from Whitsunday council meeting

Premium Content 11 things you missed from Whitsunday council meeting

Hopes for more access to bike tracks and changes to the planning scheme.

How families can score vouchers for kids sport

Premium Content How families can score vouchers for kids sport

The $150 boost will help pressured families cover sport sign-on costs