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NSW Deputy Premier threatens to sue YouTuber over allegedly racist videos

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Jordan Shanks – known online as friendlyjordies – has posted a series of claims, including labelling John Barilaro a “conman to the core, powered by spaghetti”, mimicking him with a thick Italian accent.

The Deputy Premier is threatening to take legal action against a YouTube personality over a string of videos his lawyers claim are racist and defamatory.

Jordan Shanks - known online as friendlyjordies - has posted a series of claims, including labelling John Barilaro a "conman to the core, powered by spaghetti", mimicking him with a thick Italian accent, and nicknaming him "bruz".

One of his videos was filmed inside Mr Barilaro's luxury Airbnb listing, Dungowan Estate.

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In his latest installment, Mr Shanks has revealed "bruz himself, has threatened to sue" and tweeted a legal letter, dated from December.

In it, lawyers acting for John Barilaro, say the accusations are false and assert Mr Shanks has been "engaging in an indefensibly racist and defamatory campaign against our client".

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The letter asks for a public apology, for the videos to be taken down, and for costs and damages to be paid.

It also shows Mr Shanks and one of his colleagues confronting Mr Barilaro at a National Party function, asking why he's threatening to sue.

Mr Barilaro responds "I'm not threatening to sue, I'm suing... Because you guys are liars".

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9News contacted both Mr Shanks and Mr Barilaro requesting on-camera interviews, at the time of this publication - neither had accepted the invitation.

In the past, MPs from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers and Labor have been interviewed by Jordan Shanks, including the Opposition Leader.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-deputy-premier-john-barilaro-threatens-to-sue-friendlyjordies-youtube-personality/43eb688f-852b-4864-b787-1c98e1307f78

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