In the course of a one-hour job interview with a 21-year-old law student seeking a junior paralegal position, Charles Waterstreet – one of Sydney’s most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television drama series Rake – played a video on his phone of a man receiving a handjob, showed numerous photos of naked women, described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire “pretty young things” to work with him.
USyd student, Tina Huang, has accused well-known Sydney criminal barrister Charles Waterstreet of serious sexual harassment while working at his chambers. Waterstreet is a USyd alumnus, and jobs at his chambers are regularly advertised by the university on CareerHub.
Tina is sharing her story in the hope it will empower other women to speak out about their experiences. She said to New Matilda “In speaking out [now] I’m hoping to reassert some control over this narrative and turn a disempowering experience into an empowering one. I want other women to feel less alone and more supported, I want to encourage every woman who has been a victim of harassment to speak truth to power.”