Amid the sexual harassment claims that have shaken the entertainment industry to its core, former INX guitarist Kirk Pengilly says he prefers the old days when slapping a woman on "the bum" was seen as a compliment.

Pengilly, attending a Movember charity event in Melbourne on Thursday, said men were starting to feel that they couldn't even compliment a woman as it could be viewed as sexual harassment.

INXS band members Kirk Pengilly (C) and Andrew Farriss (L) perform at Lyric Culture. Photo / Getty
INXS band members Kirk Pengilly (C) and Andrew Farriss (L) perform at Lyric Culture. Photo / Getty

"I really loved the 60s and 70s when life was so simple and you could slap a woman on the butt," Pengilly told AAP.

The 59-year-old, who is married to surfing legend Layne Beachley, clearly does not buy into the view that such behaviour is sexist and objectifies women.

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Michael Hutchence and Kirk Pengilly of INXS in Sydney , Australia, 1996. Photo / Getty
Michael Hutchence and Kirk Pengilly of INXS in Sydney , Australia, 1996. Photo / Getty

His comments come just days after the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour levelled at former Nine gardening guru Don Burke.

In the US, Matt Lauer — one of American's biggest news anchors — has been sacked by NBC over allegations of sexual harassment.