NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has asked Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnson to resign after new allegations surfaced that he sent lewd texts and obscene videos during NSW question time to a sex worker. Premier Gladys Berejeklian has backed calls for Mr. Johnson to exit parliament. She said she is ‘absolutely disgusted’ by his behaviour after it emerged he offered the sex worker $1,000 for sex in parliament house. Last week, Mr. Johnson identified himself as the MP in question, by the NSW Police Sex Crimes squad, over the alleged sexual assault of the sex worker. It came after Labor MP Trish Doyle used parliamentary privilege to accuse an unnamed Coalition government member of sexual assault. Mr. Johnson has strenuously denied these allegations.
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