DON BURKE ACCUSED

A joint Fairfax-ABC investigation has accused former television host Don Burke of indecent assault and bullying during his almost two-decades of prime-time success. Burke denies the allegations and, in a statement, linked them to "a few ex-employees ... who bear grudges against me".

Creator and host of Burke's Backyard, the horticulturalist turned television personality is accused of groping two women and requesting a young performer audition for the show topless. Burke also faces accusations that he bullied staff, with one woman telling Fairfax and the ABC he was such a demanding boss she became physically ill on one occasion.