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‘TikTok guy’ who predicted NSW Covid numbers will fight charges relating to Sydney lockdown protests

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The TikTok comedian who developed a cult following for forecasting NSW’s daily Covid cases will fight allegations linked to his participation in Sydney’s illegal anti-lockdown gathering.

Jon-Bernard Kairouz was one of 3,500 people who gathered at a violent protest in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday, July 24 and was filmed addressing the crowd on a megaphone.

The Bankstown local court heard Tuesday that the 24-year-old will defend three charges when he appears in Downing Center’s local court and district court next month.

The self-proclaimed ‘People’s Prime Minister’ is accused of failing to comply with established directions (Covid-19) and encouraging the commission of a crime.

Three police detectives waited outside his home in Belmore, south-west Sydney, on Sunday, July 25, to hand him his certificate of attendance.

As Mr. Kairouz comes round the corner in a NSW Blues Origin jersey, a detective approaches him and explains the charges.

TikTok comedian Jon-Bernard Kairouz (pictured) will fight charges against illegal anti-lockdown protests in Sydney

Jon-Bernard Kairouz (pictured) was one of 3,500 people who attended an illegal protest in Sydney's CBD on Saturday, July 24 and was filmed addressing the crowd on a megaphone

Jon-Bernard Kairouz (pictured) was one of 3,500 people who attended an illegal protest in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday, July 24 and was filmed addressing the crowd on a megaphone

While explaining that it is a violation of public health law, the TikTok comedian interrupts and signals officers not shown in the video to back off.

“I’m listening, yes… can you take it easy?” He questions one of the other agents while a friend films the encounter.

The comedian seemed unconcerned when the message was handed to him, thanked police and told them to “have a nice day.”

A group of investigators wait outside a house in Belmore in Sydney's southwest on Sunday, July 25, to issue a ticket to Sydney's comedian.

A group of investigators wait outside a house in Belmore in Sydney’s southwest on Sunday, July 25, to issue a ticket to Sydney’s comedian.

As the researcher explains, the fine is for a public health law violation, the TikTok comedian interrupts and gestures people not shown in the video to go back

As the researcher explains, the fine is for a public health law violation, the TikTok comedian interrupts and gestures people not shown in the video to go back

Angry fans were quick to express their disappointment at his presence.

“I hope you enjoyed the protest because everyone has lost respect for you,” one woman wrote.

“He was pressured to be close to him, but then not pressured to be close to thousands of people during the march? Interesting,” wrote another.

“You had a great rise and an even bigger fall, how hilarious,” commented a third.

This was by far my favorite CrimeStoppers call, but I was probably beaten by 2000 calls first. Everyone was eager to bring in this loser,” said a fourth.

“Maybe he can predict how many people will be in the courtroom to greet him,” one user joked.

Mr Kairouz appeared in Bankstown court on Tuesday and said he will fight three charges, including failing to follow a noted lead and encouraging the commission of a crime (photo, Jon-Bernard Kairouz at anti-lockdown report). protests)

Mr Kairouz appeared in Bankstown court on Tuesday and said he will fight three charges, including failing to follow a noted lead and encouraging the commission of a crime (photo, Jon-Bernard Kairouz at anti-lockdown report). protests)

NSW police established Strike Force Seasoned to track down all those present at the protest, which health officials feared as a coronavirus superspreader event.

Kairouz was filmed during the July protest holding a megaphone and proclaiming himself “Prime Minister of the People” while driving a crowd of thousands to frenzy outside City Hall.

“All we want is freedom,” he shouted to a roar from the crowd, before sharing clips of the speech on his Instagram, which were later removed.

But the stunt quickly backfired, with some of his 57,100 followers wondering why he joined thousands of protesters and risked extending the city’s lockdown.

“This is fucking ridiculous,” one wrote. “If your goal is freedom, you’ve screwed up bringing thousands of people together. Note the peak. Congrats!’

‘There are people in the ICU, how selfish can you be?’ added one more.

Mr Kairouz accurately predicted the count of NSW Covid figures for five days in a row, before his suspected source in NSW Health was revealed

Mr Kairouz accurately predicted the count of NSW Covid figures for five days in a row, before his suspected source in NSW Health was revealed

Kairouz rose to fame during the Sydney lockdown after correctly reporting how many cases NSW would announce five times in a row the following morning.

His streak ended on July 19 with his prediction of 109, surpassing the actual figure of 98.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was a “disappointment that someone somewhere in the system” found it necessary to leak the numbers to Kairouz.

“I saw someone on social media say it was a sting. No, it wasn’t,” Hazzard told reporters Monday.

‘It was looking at what the problems were and making sure the system was such that the information could be stored at the right time.’

NSW, which counts cases for a period from 24 hours to 8 p.m., releases numbers and the context of each case at 11 a.m. daily.

Kairouz has repeatedly insisted that his predictions are the result of “simple math”, but has not released a single video since his suspected leak in the NSW Health department was revealed.

“All we want is freedom,” he shouted to a roar from the crowd, before sharing clips of the speech on his Instagram, which were later removed.

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