TikTok star admits defying COVID restrictions at anti-lockdown rally

Kairouz was heard on social media and police bodycam footage, which was shown in court, telling the crowd: “For everyone that’s here – small businesses, people that are doing it tough – all we want is freedom.”

He also referred to himself as the “people’s premier” and called his method for predicting the case numbers the “Kairouz Probability Theorem”.

His lawyer argued he was speaking at the rally “as a comedian” and did not intend to encourage criminal activity.

“It is not as if Mr Kairouz stood up and said ‘ignore the public health order, it’s a joke’,” Grippi said.

“He got up as part of a comedic act … he’s plainly not the premier of NSW.”

But police prosecutor Michael Cleaver said it would be a dangerous precedent for the court to find that “this was just the act of a comedian saying comedic things”.

“The defendant speaking on that day says nothing to convey that this is one big joke,” Cleaver said.

After the protest turned violent, more than 60 people were charged with a range of offences including assaulting a police officer and striking a police horse.

Kairouz initially instructed his solicitor, Eidan Havas, to enter not guilty pleas to all counts when the case came before Bankstown Local Court in September.

At the time, Kairouz was in the intensive care unit at St George Hospital, where he was admitted with COVID-19.

The magistrate reserved her decision on the third charge, and will sentence Kairouz over the COVID-19 direction breaches in six to eight weeks.

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