The Jalals tell Neil Mitchell they will ‘tone down’ pranks
Melbourne brothers under fire for potentially illegal and dangerous video pranks have vowed to ‘tone it down’.
That concession came from the Jalals on 3AW Mornings after a bizarre series of interviews with Neil Mitchell.
A quick summary:
- Brother 1 – Rebeen: Hung up on Neil when the questioning got a bit tough.
- Brother 2 – Max: Called hours later from the hairdressers, and defended the videos. Disappeared when it was suggested his activities were illegal.
- Brother 3 – Arman: Told Neil that Max’s phone died. Said ‘no one will get hurt … we’re specialists at what we do.’ But later admitted the trio were having a rethink.
‘We’re going to tone it down a bit and stick to comedy skits,’ Arman said.
He added that it was the ‘first and last’ time the Jalals would do a particularly controversial prank involving a fake gun.
Neil: Are you making money?
Neil: How much?
Arman: More than you.
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The backlash started when the Jalals – who have 1.8 million Facebook followers – posted a video of pranks that included a little girl, who was shown to grab for her father in fear for her life when the brothers did a fake drive-by shooting with a loud toy gun while wear traditional Middle Eastern outfits.
The terrified little girl clutches for her father in the video.
In other instances, the Jalals had placed bags over peoples’ heads as they wait at ATMs.
AUDIO: Neil with brother Rebeen
AUDIO: Neil with brother Max
AUDIO: Neil with brother Arman
The trio often referred to their lawyers when defending the contentious skits.
But leading lawyer David Galbally QC had news for them – their pranks are anything but legal.
He said they could be charged with assault.
‘When you put somebody in terror and threaten them – whether it’s a joke, or not – it’s an assault,’ Mr Galbally said on 3AW Mornings.
‘And if they are carrying imitation firearms, well, that’s illegal also.’
Click PLAY below to hear David Galbally explain more on 3AW