Google will call YouTuber FriendlyJordies as a witness in a defamation case brought by John Barilaro, in a move the former NSW deputy premier’s lawyer says will “no doubt aggravate the damage”.
Mr Barilaro is suing in the Federal Court over the publication of a series of videos last year.
He has discontinued the case against Jordan Shanks, aka FriendlyJordies, after the satirist’s barrister read out an apology in court earlier this month, accepting some of the videos were offensive to the politician.
Portions of the sketches that attracted defamation allegations were edited out, but the case against Google continues.
Barrister Lyndelle Barnett, for Google, today told Justice Steven Rares the tech giant would call Mr Shanks, but would not be adducing all evidence it had previously planned.
The confirmation came as Mr Barilaro’s barrister, Sue Chrysanthou SC, pressed Google on Mr Shanks’s potential appearance after it “reserved the right” to call him.
She said it would be “some work” to cross-examine the satirist if he was called and suggested the tech giant would “no doubt aggravate the damage to my client by doing so”.
Former Deputy Premier John Barilaro resigned from politics in early October.(AAP: Jenny Evans)
Ms Chrysanthou also accused Google of creating unnecessary…