John Barilaro is currently under scrutiny after reports share that the deputy premier manhandled a cameraman following him during a night out with friends.
Deputy premier enjoys a night out
Thus far, John Barilaro was enjoying a night out with his friends at a bar. When he came out, a reporter and a cameraman followed him to ask him some questions.
According to Barilaro, he politely told them to go away but the two continued to follow him which led John to show the cameraman away from him.
Right now, camera footage shows John and a cameraman in a little bit of what looks like a scuffle. Police are still investigating the altercation and have no further details about the event.
John Barilaro shares details about altercation
In a recent interview, John Barilaro shared that he just wanted the reporter to go away. He described the reporter’s mic to be in his face and he didn’t enjoy that.
The way I was confronted outside in the dark, outside of a bar … a camera shoved in your face, a microphone in your face … [I] asked him just to walk away … if that was you, how would you have responded?”
In response to what looked like a scuffle with the cameraman, John Barilaro shared that he did not manhandle the individual and just slightly pushed him away.
“All I did was push a camera out of my way, I did not manhandle an individual. I have every right to defend myself and protect myself and my friends.”
According to ABC News, the government is investigating how the deputy premier was given the position of Trade Commissioner. The role would have seen Barilaro earn at least $500 000 annually.
Since the news received immense backlash, John has withdrawn from the position. To date, the government has more than 7 weeks to provide documents about the premier’s recent position.