Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill has revealed a shocking alleged incident with Aussie gardening guru Don Burke.
Burke is at the centre of a controversy regarding alleged sexual harassment and bullying of women in the 1980s and '90s.
Burke has strenuously denied the allegations.
O’Neill has revealed a disturbing incident which she said occurred at her Brisbane home when she met Burke for an interview ahead of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist says the incident occurred while the pair stood in front of a flower painting painted by her husband.
Burke allegedly asked: "Is your c*** as big as that?"
O’Neill told her manager Nick Cummins who told Fairfax the swimmer was “intimidated by the crude sexual innuendo”.
Susie O'Neill and husband Cliff Fairley.
Cummins reported the incident to Channel Nine management prompting strong denials from Burke.
O'Neill said Burke’s denial angered her.
"What do you do? Do you just hang those women out to dry?" the 44-year-old said on Nova's 106.9 breakfast program.
O'Neill was recently approached by journalists investigating Burke’s alleged behaviour, however, she declined to take part.
"I didn't want to get involved, not because I condone his behaviour but it's stressful to be involved," she said.
"It wasn't a pleasant experience. I had numerous phone calls yesterday. To be honest I still don't want to get involved."
Burke attempted to defend himself on Channel Nine's A Current Affair on Monday night.
"I'm not that man at all," he said.
"I've got a lot of feelings, things that I would never say.
"A number of the claims were … some of these things are despicable."