Melbourne troll lied about being cyberbullying victim

2:31pm March 12, 2013
March 12, 2013: Melbourne youth Jasmine Vanmidde has come forward in an online video to brag about lying to Today Tonight about cyberbullying.

A Melbourne teenager who lied to Today Tonight about being a cyberbullying victim has revealed her deceit in a mocking video posted online last night.

Jasmine Vanmidde told the Seven Network program that she was Jasmine Frost, a young woman harassed by Facebeef, a group of online trolls led by Australian youths Tristan Barker and Lewis Spears.

But after the program aired last night, Ms Vanmidde appeared alongside Mr Spears, aka Nebz Adlay, bragging that she had fooled them.

"And all it took was an email entitled 'Tristan Barker cyberbullied me' and then a three minute phone call," Ms Vanmidde said.

"When in reality I'm a member of the Facebeef team and have been so for the better part of a year."

The interview with Ms Vanmidde ran during an extended story about cyberbully Barker, who spoke to reporter David Eccleston before slapping him hard in the face without warning.

March 12, 2013: Today Tonight reporter David Eccleston got the surprise of his life when he was slapped hard mid-interview by Nazi-dressed internet troll Tristan Barker.

Barker, who is living with his parents in Rotorua, New Zealand, but is currently wanted for questioning by Victoria Police, spoke to Eccleston while dressed as Adolf Hitler.

While asking Barker, 18, a question, Eccleston touched his arm before receiving a heavy slap.

"Don't touch me," Barker shouted afterwards.

"Don't lay your hands on me, that's f---ing assault."

When the camera crew were packing up their gear, Barker allegedly punched Eccleston in the back of the head, leading to his arrest for common assault.

Today Tonight executive producer John Choueifate said they were unaware Ms Vanmidde was a troll until after the interview aired, and said they would run a correction.

March 02, 2013: Australia's 'worst internet troll', the son of Michael Barker of John Butler Trio fame, is being investigated by police over a tirade of vile outbursts targeted at Muslims, Jews, women, bullying victims and the Colorado shooting victims.

"She's nothing more than an attention seeker," he told News Ltd.

"We took her at face value and went to every measure to ensure her story stacked up, as we do with every guest."

Ms Vanmidde has been known to repeatedly contact other media organisations with false stories in the hopes of deceiving them.

Author: Nick Pearson. Approving editor: Mark Worley.

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