Mitch Gobel and Sally Mustang claim they were tricked into auditioning for TV series Byron Baes


An influencer who claims she was tricked into auditioning for the controversial reality series Byron Baes has threatened legal action if her tape gets leaked.

Sally Mustang, who has amassed 500,000 combined followers with her artist husband Mitch Gobel, said she was approached by Netflix producers to appear on the upcoming show.  

Byron Baes – which is currently under production – has drummed up significant backlash and fury from locals of the northern NSW tourist paradise that was once a sleepy coastal town. 

Mustang, 31, and fellow Instagram star Montana Lower auditioned for the show after the producers initially ‘made it sound amazing’. 

Sally Mustang, who has amassed 500,000 combined followers with her artist husband Mitch Gobel, said she was approached by Netflix producers to appear on the upcoming show

Sally Mustang, who has amassed 500,000 combined followers with her artist husband Mitch Gobel, said she was approached by Netflix producers to appear on the upcoming show

Mustang, 31, and fellow Instagram star Montana Lower auditioned for the show after the producers initially 'made it sound amazing'

Mustang, 31, and fellow Instagram star Montana Lower auditioned for the show after the producers initially 'made it sound amazing'

Mustang, 31, and fellow Instagram star Montana Lower auditioned for the show after the producers initially ‘made it sound amazing’

Montana Lower also audition for the reality TV series and was later accepted to take part

Montana Lower also audition for the reality TV series and was later accepted to take part

Montana Lower also audition for the reality TV series and was later accepted to take part 

‘They said it was going to be this amazing documentary about new age Byron Bay, how it’s changing and why everyone wants to be here and blah blah blah, so Sal agreed to do an audition,’ Gobel told News Corp.

‘Montana was accepted to be part of the show. This is when they sent through a full brief describing what was going to be created and after reading it she (politely) told them to f**k off.

‘I’ve threatened legal action on behalf of Sal if they publish a single second of what was captured in the audition she did.’

Gobel, 31, predicted the series will focus on a ‘bunch of idiots obsessed with Instagram’ and blasted it as ‘superficial rubbish’ which won’t accurately depict the locals of Byron Bay.   

Gobel, 31, predicted the series will focus on a 'bunch of idiots obsessed with Instagram' and blasted it as 'superficial rubbish' which won't accurately depict the locals of Byron Bay

Gobel, 31, predicted the series will focus on a 'bunch of idiots obsessed with Instagram' and blasted it as 'superficial rubbish' which won't accurately depict the locals of Byron Bay

Gobel, 31, predicted the series will focus on a ‘bunch of idiots obsessed with Instagram’ and blasted it as ‘superficial rubbish’ which won’t accurately depict the locals of Byron Bay

Mitch Gobel said he will take legal action if his wife's audition tape appears on the show

Mitch Gobel said he will take legal action if his wife's audition tape appears on the show

Mitch Gobel said he will take legal action if his wife’s audition tape appears on the show

It follows the reality TV series’ last controversy for not consulting local Indigenous groups or the Byron Council before filming commenced earlier this year. 

According to independent newspaper Echo, the Byron Council ‘passed an urgency motion’ that would require producers to get permission before any further filming. 

‘We need to stand up for our community,’ Independent Councillor Cate Coorey said. 

‘They haven’t sought clearances, they haven’t considered the relevant stakeholders, and so far we’ve seen no consultation, and yet filming has gone ahead.’

Producers may now be forced to seek permission before any further filming can take place, which includes filming on both private property or public spaces.

Not mincing words, Deputy Mayor Sarah Ndiaye said: ‘This corporation, Netflix, has basically come in and s**t on us.’

Following weeks of speculation and secrecy from producers, the cast behind Byron Baes was finally revealed last month. 

Former reality stars Nathan Favro, who rose to fame on The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island, will be among the influencers to have their lives documented. 

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton.

Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali.

Rounding out the cast is Kyle Sandilands’ former assistant-turned-manager Alex Reid, fashion designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren. 

It comes after a handful of Byron locals paddled out into the ocean to protest the show, while others stood by with placards that read ‘give Netflix the flick’ and ‘consult traditional owners’.

The unveiling of the cast comes after Netflix was recently forced to apologise to the stars of the show for painting them as ‘influencers’ and ‘hot Instagrammers’. 

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton (pictured)

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton (pictured)

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton (pictured) 

Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island, will be among the influencers to have their lives documented

Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island, will be among the influencers to have their lives documented

Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island, will be among the influencers to have their lives documented 

Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed that the cast ‘hated’ a recent PR post describing the upcoming series.

‘They are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, models, on a spiritual journey and more,’ Que wrote to her 7k followers.

‘Most of them hated the press release too! Did a lot of apologising that week. Fired the PR team (lol joking about firing, we’re all learning together).’  

She added: ‘They understand the power of influence. They are part of Byron. They understand the creative vision of the show that has been developed with them over several months. 



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