The wife of an embattled local councilor has defended her husband after explosive revelations that he texted a teenage girl about her bikini pics Instagram.
Angela Carbone’s social media post described her husband, former Burnside councilor Julian Carbone, as a “gentleman” who has been subjected to “incredible meanness” in recent days.
Angela Carbone (pictured left) stands by her husband, former councilman Julian Carbone (pictured right) after a torrid week after he claimed he wrote an inappropriate message to a young girl on her Instagram page
Angela Carbone’s message (pictured) in support of her husband, former Burnside Councilor Julian Carbone, said he was a “kind, caring and fun” gentleman
“In your final days as a Burnside councillor, you faced such incredible malice that seemed unrelenting,” her emotional post reads.
“However, during this time you have also received a tremendous number of calls and messages of support from all walks of life and additionally from members of the Burnside community.
“The past week has shown how much support you have and how much your work has been appreciated and will be missed.”
The former councilman resigned after he was caught messaging a 17-year-old girl on Instagram about her bikini photos.
Mr Carbone’s ordeal began last Tuesday after an official council report revealed he texted the young girl at 5am on Saturday November 27.
The message read: “Lots of bikini pics – but it’s so freaking cold right now hey.”
Carbone, 41, initially denied sending the message, then said he didn’t remember sending it, before suggesting his phone had been hacked.
He finally explained that he was just trying to strike up a conversation about the weather.
Further investigation revealed that Carbone followed at least six profiles on Instagram run by people claiming to be teenage girls.
It was also revealed that he has a different work profile and a TikTok account where he follows scantily clad women.
In an explosive post to his followers later Tuesday, the father-of-one explained he had shut down his Instagram account because it was “littered with accounts I had nothing to do with.”
However, Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Mr Carbone had a second professional Instagram account which he used while working in property development – and followed a string of women who regularly post lingerie and activewear selfies.
A picture from one of the accounts (pictured), noted in a council report, showed a worrying number of young women on his Instagram account
Ms Carbone posted a photo (pictured the photo with her husband’s response) along with her emotional message supporting her husband
The father-of-one also had a TikTok account with the handle @votejulian, where he credited himself as an elected member of Burnside City Council. This was followed by 55 accounts – many of which were people claiming to be teenagers.
Another account he followed was called whosyourmumma75 and had videos of a woman dancing in lingerie.
In a Facebook post Tuesday night, referring to his Burnside Council Instagram account, Mr Carbone wrote: “As my Instagram page is overcrowded and riddled with FAKE PROFILES with which I had nothing to do, I made this conscious decision ‘to remove my account.’
“I’m very committed to increasing community engagement, so I’ll continue to keep in touch with you through my regular Council Facebook page.”
Despite Mr Carbone’s claims that his account was inundated with “fake” profiles, all of the racy accounts listed on all three social media profiles were found in the “next” section of his pages.
Burnside Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday that he had to resign amid the furore – and conceded they could not force him to do so.
On Wednesday morning, the father of one child announced he has no intention of resigning and intends to stand as a candidate in the next local elections.
Mr Carbone then resigned on Thursday, posting a response to the allegations on social media.
“None of this was intentional, intentional, or for any unhealthy or unsavory motive,” the post reads.
“All of this was a major unintentional mistake, a lack of care and just plain naivety. I am sincerely sorry for all of this.’