26 August 2022

Barilaro charged with assault and malicious damage

| Kim Treasure
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Former NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro fronting the Parliamentary Accountability Committee on 8 August. Photo: Screenshot.

Former Deputy NSW Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro has been charged with assault and malicious damage over a clash with a cameraman in Manly.

The assault allegedly took place between Mr Barilaro and a cameraman in Manly at about 7:30 pm on Saturday, 23 July. In the video, Mr Barilaro can be seen pushing the cameraman before walking away and waiting at traffic lights to cross the road.

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After the video emerged on social media, the former Deputy Premier went on 2GB saying he had been “intruded on and harassed” since his controversial appointment to a $500,000-a-year trade commissioner post in New York became the subject of a parliamentary inquiry.

Mr Barilaro has since stood down from the salaried position.

He is expected to appear in Manly Local Court on 12 October.

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