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Man who helped #MeToo is coming to Melbourne Writers Festival

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The journalist who helped bring down Harvey Weinstein is coming to Australia to shed light on his award-winning exposé.

Ronan Farrow will open up about his investigations into the disgraced movie mogul as part of the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival. Just last month he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his extensive reporting for The New Yorker magazine.

While The New York Times was the first outlet to publish allegations that Weinstein was a sexual predator, his story about an alleged rape and a secret recording sealed the businessman's fate and helped kick-off the global #MeToo movement.

Melbourne Writers Festival director Marieke Hardy said in a statement Farrow's appearance was a massive coup for this year's program.

"MWF could not be more honoured to welcome such a powerful and important journalistic voice in the global #MeToo movement," she said. "Ronan's New Yorker piece sparked yet another conversation the world must participate in."

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Woody Allen's estranged son Ronan Farrow.

Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo

The announcement coincides with the release of Farrow's first book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He is also in discussions for another book looking at his "deeply personal" take on reporting on sexual abuse.

The journalist – who is the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow – has also tackled issues such as the financial transactions surround Donald Trump's alleged infidelity. He will be joined on stage by Australian journalist Tracey Spicer at Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre on Thursday, August 30.

Tickets are available at wheelercentre.com.

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Broede Carmody

Broede Carmody is an entertainment reporter at Fairfax Media.

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