Waterstreet on #MeToo Q&A panel. The ABC has made the odd decision to include controversial Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet -- the man who has claimed to be the inspiration for the main character of Rake, and who was recently accused of sexual harassment (which he denies) -- on its special episode of Q&A to discuss the #MeToo movement. The mid-week program will reportedly have Waterstreet, as well as actress Rachel Griffiths, journalism and gender studies professor Catherine Lumby, and workplace lawyer Josh Bornstein. Journalist Nina Funnell, who reported on Waterstreet's alleged sexual harassment for New Matilda, said on Twitter she'd been invited to sit in the audience, and a change.org petition has been set up to get her on the panel.

In a statement, an ABC spokeswoman told Crikey: