The model – whose real name is Hossein Balapour – said they were ‘just some steroids’ for ‘personal use’.
“They make [it] a big thing because it’s me,” the tattooed hulk told Daily Mail Australia.
Having appeared at the 29-year-old’s home in the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo on 26 April, police allegedly found three types of steroids in the form of 100 oxandrolone tablets, along with two methenolone vials and a vial of trenbolone.
Yakiboy is known for his heavily tattooed body. Credit: Instagram/Yakiboy
Raptor police officers slapped Balapour with eight charges, including six relating to alleged drug possession. He was also charged with the possession of human growth hormone somatropin, testosterone and a bottle of Xanax, along with a World War I-style ‘trench knife’.
According to a police charge sheet, the knife was allegedly in violation of a weapons prohibition order. However, Balapour’s lawyer, Abdul Reslan, said the knife was simply a prop for the star’s modelling career.
“There’s no secret about this – the knife relates to his modelling shoots and the like,” Reslan said.
“The knife was present for use as a prop for his photo shoots and other modelling endeavours.”
Reslan said they were also requesting prosecutors to withdraw the knife-related charges ‘before it went to hearing’, and added they were still considering the drug charges.
The case will continue in August when it comes in front of a magistrate, when pleas to the charges can be entered.
Yakiboy recently attracted attention when he posted a nude picture on Instagram with a pizza emoji covering up his manhood – apparently in protest of Instagram trialling hiding how many likes posts receive.
Encouraging people in the caption to comment on the slice in lieu of likes, he said: “Instagram got rid of the likes. Now all we have left is the comments… so let’s see how many comments this pizza can get.”
His request was duly met, with countless pizza-based comments left on the saucy snap.
One person said: “Love pizza with extra meat.”
Another added: “Nice pepperoni.”
A third added: “Meatasaurus.”
It’s not the first time he’s done it, either. Credit: Instagram/Yakiboy
Mia Garlick, Facebook Australia and New Zealand director of policy, said the trial in Australia is intended to ‘remove the pressure’ on Instagram users.
According to News.com.au, she said: “We hope this test will remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive, so you can focus on sharing the things you love.
“We are now rolling the test out to Australia so we can learn more about how this can benefit people’s experiences on Instagram, and whether this change can help people focus less on likes and more on telling their story.”
However, while the trial seems to be well-intentioned, it doesn’t seem too popular with Instagram influencers who make a living from the platform.