Tracey Spicer will publish a damning dossier on 65 Australian media figures accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women this week.
Ms Spicer, a veteran journalist and mother-of-two, has been working with a team of police, victims and legal representatives for months to release the list.
The 50-year-old has spoken to more than 400 victims, with allegations ranging from verbal harassment to criminal indecent assault, The Australian reported.
Ms Spicer claims that one of the most common names brought up by alleged victims was former television personality Don Burke.
Burke has been accused of sexually harassing and indecently assaulting women who worked on his gardening program in the 1980s and 1990s.
Tracey Spicer will publish a damning dossier on 65 Australian media figures accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women this week
Ms Spicer, a veteran journalist and mother-of-two, has been working with a team of police, victims and legal representatives for months to release the list
Burke’s accusers included former researchers, producers, crew members, and TV hopefuls, a joint investigation by ABC and Fairfax uncovered.
‘The name that kept popping up again and again and again was Don Burke … In the case of Channel Nine, this protection racket went to the very top,’ Ms Spicer said.
Burke has emphatically denied the claims, which he says were made by former employees with grudges against him and were baseless.
Ms Spicer said among the victim’s accounts were ‘dozens of allegations of rape’, as well as claims workplaces had ignored their reports.
Ms Spicer has not yet put any name forward in regards to specific allegations.
‘It’s not only the allegations that are horrific, it’s the cover-up,’ she told Nine Honey.
‘In about 50 per cent of the instances that have been brought to me, the victims have reported it to the workplace, have gone through the whole process, have gone to HR, gone to their managers, diarised it, sent emails, they have evidence,’ Ms Spicer said.
The veteran newsreader said she was compelled to bring the perpetrators to justice after visiting a police station while researching a separate story.
An officer had been talking about the accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and mentioned her surprise a similar outcry had not happened in Australia.
Ms Spicer said the officer told her there was no statute of limitations for most cases and that victims from ’30 or 40 years ago’ could report such abuse.
The veteran newsreader said she was compelled to bring the perpetrators to justice after overhearing a police officer discussing accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein (pictured) and asking why a similar outcry had not occurred in Australia
Since then she has compiled accounts from more than 400 victims, aged from their 20s to their 60s.
And while many involved adults, she said one offender had spent time at schools ‘making repugnant comments about girls aged seven, eight and nine’.
The 50-year-old recently described the women’s stories as ‘an absolute tsunami of sexual assault, intimidation and abuse,’ according to The Daily Telegraph.
While she said those accused of the ‘horrific’ claims were ‘household names’ well-known throughout the media industry, whether on television or as an executive.
‘Many of them are still offending to this day (and) there have been perpetrators in pretty much every one of the past four decades,’ Ms Spicer said.
Herself a victim of workplace harassment, Ms Spicer discussed her own experiences earlier this year in her book, Good Girl Stripped Bare.
‘We’re talking about p***y-grabbing stuff in the workplace – and in front of witnesses. It’s just ridiculous,’ Ms Spicer told The Australian.
One of the men Ms Spicer wrote about in her novel was the late John Sorell, former Nine Network news director and Walkley Award-winning journalist.
Mr Sorell reportedly told Ms Spicer he wanted ‘two inches off your hair and two inches off your a***!’.
Earlier this year Ms Spicer also claimed ‘sickening’ sexual assault occurred while she was one of Australia’s most recognised television journalists.
The 50-year-old told Woman’s Weekly in April one of her bosses put his hand on her right buttock, asking her if she had ‘lost a bit of weight’.
‘I actually turned around to slap him, but realised it was one of my bosses. So I just lowered my arm. I said, ‘Yeah, after my mother died, I didn’t feel like eating’.’
Herself a victim of workplace harassment, Ms Spicer discussed her own experiences earlier this year in her book, Good Girl Stripped Bare and how she faced lewd comments