‘There are plenty of Bill Cosbys in the Australian media’: Tracey Spicer

Veteran journalist turned social activist Tracey Spicer has claimed “there are plenty of Bill Cosbys in the Australian media and entertainment industry”.

Spicer has also used her column in News Corp’s The Sunday Telegraph to allude to an “Australian media icon” who allegedly drug-raped his niece.

Spicer: Our defamation laws protect the rich and powerful

The #metoo movement, Spicer said, has reached an historic landmark, with actor and comedian Bill Cosby being convicted of three counts of indecent assault in the US.

Locally, however, she said the work is just beginning.

“These serial sex predators [in Australia’s media and entertainment fields] follow the same script, using their power and profile to take advantage of the young and vulnerable,” she wrote in The Sunday Telegraph.

In order for this dynamic to change – and for the #metoo movement to have its full and intended effect – Australia needs to make some changes, she said, including extending the civil statute of limitations, introducing proper protections for freedom of speech and reassessing its defamation laws.

Spicer also pushed back against criticism of the #metoo movement, and said it’s not about victimhood.

“There’s a misconception #metoo is about victimhood. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s about catharsis, empowerment and – ultimately – justice. The Cosby verdict shows that time really is up for these vile predators.”



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