Controversial barrister withdraws from Q&A panel

Charles Waterstreet is out after NSW Bar Association expresses concerns over his inclusion.

Charles Waterstreet has withdrawn from tonight’s Q&A panel following criticism of his inclusion in a special on the #metoo movement.

In a statement ABC said,  “Barrister Charles Waterstreet has had to withdraw because of concerns about his appearance expressed to him by the NSW Bar Association. It is disappointing Mr Waterstreet will not be able to contribute to the perspectives canvassed in tonight’s discussion.”

Waterstreet had himself been accused of inappropriate behaviour which he denied, but his appearance was defended by ABC producers as bringing “a variety of perspectives and experiences.”

Waterstreet is the same barrister who had conversations with Rake producers during its early stages, later earning a credit on the drama.

ABC is yet to confirm his replacement.

On Twitter Waterstreet said, “It is with deep regret that I announce that I am pulling out of the Q&A special on the #metoo movement. I would like to thank the ABC for inviting me to be on the panel. I was looking forward to discussing the topic from a legal perspective, sharing my knowledge of the law and past cases to broaden the wider community’s knowledge of this important subject. However, I must be first and foremost guided by my obligations to the NSW Bar Association and the broader legal profession. When considering these obligations I do not consider that it would be appropriate for me to appear on the panel, given the controversial nature of the topics. I look forward to watching the other panellists tonight”

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