One day after the mass shooting that left 50 people dead at two mosques in New Zealand, a lawmaker in Australia who blamed the attack on Muslim immigration was struck on the head with an egg by a teenager.
A shocked Senator Anning turned towards the teenager and slapped him in the face.
Footage appears to show the Senator swinging his fist in retaliation at 17-year-old Will Connelly. He was later released from police custody pending further inquiries, Mirror reported.
Anning was criticised on Friday after trying to seek attention by saying the mosque attack highlighted a "growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence" in Australian and New Zealand communities.
He has since faced wide-spread backlash following the release of his statement, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. "These views have no place in Australia, let alone in the Australian Parliament".
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today slammed Senator Anning for his "ignorant" views, following his widely condemned statements about Friday's deadly attack.
Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull also called Mr Anning's comments "contemptible".
Anning finished by quoting a passage from the Bible and saying, "Those who follow a violent religion that calls on them to murder us (non-believers), can not be too surprised when someone takes them at their word and responds in kind".
Independent Queensland senator William Fraser Anning has hit the headlines yet again after his controversial comments on the real reason behind the New Zealand shootings in two mosques.
The Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman, Penny Wong, said Anning did not represent Australia.
Following the backlash, Senator Anning has continued to defend his comments.
An online petition calling for Senator Anning to be removed from Parliament had garnered more than 850,000 signatures.
"What is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want", Turnbull said.