1. Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill shares the disgusting comments Don Burke made to her in her own home.
Just one day after shocking allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Burke's Backyard presenter Don Burke were made public, champion swimmer Susie O'Neill has claimed she too was the subject of the 70-year-old's allegedly crude comments.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald journalist Kate McClymont - who published the damning reports yesterday - the eight-time Olympic gold medallist said she was harassed in her own home when the presenter interviewed her in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympics.
Now 44, O'Neill said there was no 'minder' present during the interview, as she had no reason to believe she would be threatened by the "genial gardener" and two male crew members.
"How dangerous could that be?" she said.
But when she showed off one of her favourite artworks in her home - a picture of a flower her husband had painted - Burke allegedly asked, "Is your c*** as big as that?"
"It was crude and it was belittling," O'Neill told The Sydney Morning Herald, adding she was "flabbergasted" by the TV star's comments.
She immediately called her manager at the time, Nick Cummins, who confirmed the swimmer's experience with Burke.
"She was intimidated by the crude sexual innuendo," he recalled to McClymont, adding he immediately called both Channel Nine and the presenter himself to address the incident.