Friendlyjordies producer charged with stalking NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro

A producer for controversial YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies has been charged with stalking NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Lawyers for Kristo Langker say he was arrested at his family home on June 4 a few hours after he had “a brief interaction” with Mr Barilaro.

His arrest comes weeks after the Deputy Premier sued Jordan Shanks, also known as Friendlyjordies, for defamation over two videos he alleges were part of a smear campaign against him.

NSW Police has confirmed a 21-year-old man was arrested following investigations by the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit into alleged stalking offences.

“He was taken to Newtown police station where he was charged with stalking,” a spokesman said.

“Police will allege the offences were made at Macquarie University on Monday, 19 April, 2021, and at Sydney on Friday, 4 June, 2021.

“He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Newtown Local Court on Thursday, 24 June, 2021.”

Xenophon Davis partner Mark Davis, who is representing Mr Langker, said the firm was “highly disturbed by misinformation” that police appear to have acted upon.

“We have the video of the interaction with the Deputy Premier and it does not appear to accord with the police facts,” Mr Davis said.

“During his arrest, police charged into his home, pushing his mother to the ground and smashing his partner into a table. They were both left injured and traumatised.”

NSW Police said it had not received any complaints relating to Mr Langker’s arrest and said court was the “appropriate forum to discuss the contents of the police facts”.

Mr Davis said a warrant was issued for Mr Shanks in May by the same police unit, and he may be in danger of imminent arrest.

It was “shocking” the fixated persons unit, set up in the wake of the Lindt cafe siege, was being used against Mr Langker, Mr Davis said.

“Kristo’s bail conditions are utterly extreme. He will be in breach if he possesses an image or caricature of the Deputy Premier or if he comments upon the appearance or behaviour of the Deputy Premier,” he said.

The charge comes amid escalating tensions between Mr Barilaro and the YouTube personality, with the Deputy Premier last month suing Mr Shanks for defamation.

In a statement of claim prepared by high-profile defamation silk Sue Chrysanthou, SC, Mr Barilaro argues two videos posted by Mr Shanks incorrectly suggest he is “a corrupt conman”, “committed perjury nine times”, should be jailed for perjury, and “acted corruptly by engaging in the blackmailing of councillors”.

Mr Davis will also be defending Mr Shanks in those proceedings.

Mr Barilaro declined to comment on Mr Langker’s arrest.