- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2017

Former INXS guitarist Kirk Pengilly waxed nostalgic on the days when men could easily get away with behavior that’s now deemed sexual harassment.

Mr. Pengilly made the comments Thursday during a “Movember” charity event in Melbourne, Australia, after being asked about the sexual misconduct claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and Australian TV personality Don Burke.

“I really loved the ‘60s and ‘70s when life was so simple and you could slap a woman on the butt and it was taken as a compliment, not as sexual harassment,” Mr. Pengilly said, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

His statement comes just days after Mr. Burke, former longtime host of Nine Network’s “Burke’s Backyard,” faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault — claims he vehemently denied.

Mr. Burke was the first high-profile Australian to be accused of sexual harassment, as the United States grapples with misconduct-related firings in Hollywood, the media and the government at every level — signaling a massive culture shift in the way people view conduct in the workplace.

INXS, an Australian rock band that was nominated for three Grammys in the 1980s and 1990s, announced in 2012 that it was splitting up after 35 years.

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