Dotcom seeks gagging order

March 20th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

has taken High Court action to stop his former bodyguard from speaking publicly about goings-on in the internet entrepreneur’s personal life and business dealings.

Dotcom made a successful application for an interim injunction against in the High Court at Auckland yesterday. The action came soon after the Herald reported that Tempero was set to release “secret revelations” about Dotcom’s “mindset and megalomania”.

The gagging order is a mistake, as it makes the media even more interested in what Tempero has to say, and makes you wonder what exactly it is that Dotcom doesn’t want made public!

If Dotcom was just a businessman, then you might understand his desire for privacy. But he is now a politician, setting up his own political party. It is a very bad look for a politician to try and gag someone from talking about him. Also Dotcom has not sought a quiet life. He is constantly promoting himself, and even co-operated with a very sympathetic book written about him. But when it seems someone may say something not so nice, he seeks a gagging order.

Yesterday Justice Sarah Katz granted an interim injunction and ordered that Mr Tempero – and anyone else on his behalf – was “restrained from using or disclosing to any person, firm, corporation or entity, any confidential or trade information acquired whilst working for Kim Dotcom”.

The information included, but was not limited to, any information acquired by Mr Tempero “about Kim Dotcom, his role with Kim Dotcom, any information to do with providing services to Kim Dotcom and any other information whatsoever concerning Kim Dotcom, his businesses, his political party, his music, his family and friends, and all images of Kim Dotcom, his family and friends at any time”.

That’s an incredibly wide ranging order. To try and suppress any information from Tempero about his political party. Is this the same political party that claims to be in favour of open government and transparency? I judge people by their actions, not their words.

Labour, Greens, NZ First and Mana have all been cuddling up to Dotcom. They may all come to regret that.

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45 Responses to “Dotcom seeks gagging order”

  1. Manolo (13,783 comments) says:

    The sooner the obese German crook is deported to the United States, the better for NZ.

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    People are waking up. This fellow simply is just another German fascist.

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  3. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    This bastard is not only interfering in our political system, he is also interfering in the judicial system as well. His latest deal with Hone Harawira shows the desperate lengths this mongrel will go to, attempting to avoid jail time in the US. Just get the obese slug out of here NOW!

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  4. holysheet (395 comments) says:

    The mind boggles as to what info he’s trying to suppress. My guess it would be who the visitors from the liabore, gweens and winston first were and how often.
    How interim is an interim injunction for?

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  5. dirty harry (489 comments) says:

    its sad the slob gets so much publicity…he’s a crook FFS.

    Only in Nil Ziland.

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  6. wf (442 comments) says:

    What fun :)

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  7. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    He is completely and utterly rooted.
    All those that have been making the trip up to the countries biggest leaky home to feast from their knees on fatty german sausage are going to need to eat a kilo of indigestion pills very shortly.
    Pull up a chair, ready the popcorn…

    It amazes me that we have rabid left wing racists spraying bile everywhere about the chinese but are happy to throat a German if there might be a dollar in it for them.

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  8. stephieboy (3,109 comments) says:

    Manolo, for once I entirely agree with you. The guy is a flaky fat wolf in goats clothing.!

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  9. Nigel Kearney (1,014 comments) says:

    It’s normal for an ex-employee to be restricted from revealing information acquired as part of their job. Since Tempero is a bodyguard, his job covers a very wide range of activity. And if someone like Dotcom chooses to engage in personal activity or political meetings that he would like to keep private, he shouldn’t have to compromise his own security by sending his bodyguards away just in case they blab later. So I don’t really have a problem with this.

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  10. ex-golfer (161 comments) says:

    This is too funny.
    Defender of the down trodden and promoter of free speech gags an unhappy ex staff nember.
    What delicious irony and hypocrisy.
    Its just a pity that WO and Glucina warned him in their stories yesterday. They would have been better off keeping their powder dry and simply releasing the full story at once, cutting him off at the pass.

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  11. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Nigel Kearney: The obese criminal should have no rights, he is not a citizen, thank God, and he has a deportation order against him. What the hell is he doing organising political meetings in a host country, trying to unseat the current elected government. He is a fat criminal slob and must go. Obviously there are a few left-wing leeches really concerned.

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  12. dirty harry (489 comments) says:

    Shine the sunlight on the fat one..lets see what eventuates…there will be some puckering a-holes around the place running for cover..

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  13. Fentex (980 comments) says:

    I judge people by their actions, not their words.

    That’s a straight line, left lying around like a stick to be beaten with, you may regret having dropped.

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  14. JMS (330 comments) says:

    Best thing would have been if he’d escaped to Germany 2 years ago.

    We would have been rid of the fat, devious slug.

    As for the FBI and Hollywood, who cares.

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  15. twofish (94 comments) says:

    • If Wayne Tempero has already spoken to Cameron Slater and or Ms Glucina can they repeat what already they may know, even if they confirm it through other sources.

    • What if John Banks in his up-coming court case wants to subpoena Wayne Tempero?
    Can one judge rule against what another judge may hear?

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  16. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    A megalomaniac politician – hardly a new thing is it?

    In fact, I’d go so far as to say we’ve had very few Prime Ministers that haven’t been.

    However, on the subject of past employees with grievances being able to tell stories about whatever they want – hmmm, not sure we need to encourage that – no matter who the target is. Any relationship, be it husband and wife, friends, employer/employee that runs foul has issues that are hardly going to be balanced.

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  17. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    Slightly off the main thread, but I don’t get why this clown having curried favor with various politicians then proceeded to fuck them over in the media.
    Seems very stupid to me and somewhat self destructive.

    I suspect he can’t help it. Everything has to be about him and he turns feral when it isn’t.

    Either way they guy is silly and a non asset to NZ.

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  18. Than (473 comments) says:

    Nigel Kearney, in terms of Dotcom’s legal rights I completely agree. But as I read this post DPF is not objecting to the order itself (he does note it is far ranging, but as you say that makes sense given the circumstances) but commenting about how it looks. This makes it seem like Dotcom has something to hide, and will encourage people to start looking harder.

    Regardless of the suppression order, if Mr Tempero broke a client’s confidence he would never find work as a bodyguard again. His relationship with Dotcom must have become pretty acrimonious if Dotcom is worried he’ll reveal something.

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  19. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    DPF

    If Dotcom was just a businessman, then you might understand his desire for privacy. But he is now a politician, setting up his own political party.

    Well true, but he’s cuddling up to Labour and we all know it’s different when Labour do it. Remember it’s OK for a Labour MP to vote on a law ensuring donors to a trust must be identified then refuse to – with no legal consequences. The law is not for Labour MPs – just all others that don’t intend to form a coalition with them !

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  20. Pete George (23,577 comments) says:

    Pertinent comments at Whale Oil. peterwn:

    It seems it can within limitations. Depends on the interpretation of “… ordered that Mr Tempero – and anyone else on his behalf …” (assuming the judge was quoted directly). The judge probably adopted the lawyer’s draft order ‘as is’. The wording would cover his employees or anyone acting on his behalf. It would only cover Cam if Kim can show on the balance of probabilities that he was acting on Mr Tempero’s behalf – this would be an issue that Cam would need to consider but his sources go far wider than this.

    I am surprised that Mr Tempero would do anything but have the utmost respect for his clients and ex-clients and keep things ‘in confidence’. His future engagements depend on it. I cannot believe he is disclosing such confidential information, seems to me Kim suspects he has, hence the injunction. The only other explanation is Kim is foul-mouthing him around the place and Mr Tempero feels a need to fight back to maintain his professional reputation.

    Cam Slater:

    Kim Dotcom already broke the confidentiality agreement when he spoke to Rachel Glucina about Temperos pay and conditions…game over after that.

    That hints at some tit for tat going on.

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  21. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    Nigel
    Of course you are correct however KDC has already breached the confidentiality order when he spoke to Rachel Glucina about Tempero.

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  22. Weihana (4,537 comments) says:

    igm (695 comments) says:
    March 20th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The obese criminal should have no rights, he is not a citizen

    Non-citizens have no rights?

    he has a deportation order against him

    No he doesn’t. He has an extradition request against him which is being tested in court.

    What the hell is he doing organising political meetings in a host country…


    Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.
    – Section 14, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

    Everyone has the right to freedom of association.
    – Section 17, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

    He is a fat criminal slob and must go.

    … if the courts find that he can be extradited.

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  23. Cunningham (844 comments) says:

    I really don’t like the guy but why all the remarks about his weight? No problem with criticism of him but calling him a ‘fat slug’ for example really does nothing apart from show that you are as bad as some of the people at the Standard.

    He has overstepped the mark and now chickens have come home to roost. Getting involved in politics is going to end very badly for Dotcom.

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  24. Pete George (23,577 comments) says:

    From Rachel Glucina in NZ Herald last month (February 26):

    Now it’s the Dotcom tape

    Kim Dotcom has been taped talking to an unpaid former staff member, The Diary has learned. It’s understood a news organisation is in discussions to air it. Dotcom is allegedly trying to stop it by enforcing non-disclosure agreements.

    Dotcom came under fire last week from Kiwi small business owners who are owed as much as $500,000 in unpaid bills. A lack of funds was also blamed for longtime bodyguard Wayne Tempero’s exit.

    The Megaupload founder told The Diary he could afford to pay his minder only half of what he was getting two years ago.Dotcom, who continues to embrace an opulent lifestyle, has pledged to pay his debts when he has the money. But when? Who knows? Yesterday he told The Diary he did not want to talk about the tape.

    That suggests the information was obtained after the employment ceased.

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  25. JC (958 comments) says:

    “But when it seems someone may say something not so nice, he seeks a gagging order.”

    Or.. various political party people are seeking a gagging order.

    jc

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  26. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I just find this so incredible.

    If this was JK’s bodyguard, who had a grievance and was threatening to do a ‘reveal all’ – you lot would all be screaming blue bloody murder, but because the person is not on your team, has different beliefs, etc, it’s attack attack attack –

    The hypocrisy from you lot is amazing – ‘cup of tea’ anyone?

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  27. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    I don’t know Judith, when JK starts running up bad debts that jeopardise the livelihood of many contractors and small business people, then I think everyone here would agree he is fair game. Maybe if JK tries to buy politicians and buy questions at question time, maybe Kiwibloggers will have no problem going after him?

    Maybe if JK speaks openly about the terms of an employees employment, we won’t mind that employee revealing facts from behind the scenes about JK?

    Maybe if you say something sensible you’ll get more respect. All hypotheticals of course.

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  28. Nigel Kearney (1,014 comments) says:

    This makes it seem like Dotcom has something to hide, …

    No doubt he has plenty of things to hide. There’s nothing wrong with people wanting to keep information private, even people you and I and other Kiwiblog commenters do not like, and even if it is information that may be very interesting or embarrassing. For all we know, Dotcom may be hoping to hide the fact he has been seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction.

    If it is criminal conduct there may be a whistle blower exception, otherwise we should be able to expect a bodyguard to keep their mouth shut, even after their employment ends. If I was in Dotcom’s position I would definitely try to legally enforce that.

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  29. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    I judge people by their actions, not their words

    Clearly, you think poorly of Judith Collins.

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  30. Manolo (13,783 comments) says:

    Tell us Judith: what’s the link between the obese German gangster and your beloved serial-killer David Bain? :D

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  31. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    Harsh manolo. He’s a mass murderer not a serial killer….unless you know more?

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  32. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Why doesnt the bodyguard simply record a private video, lose his phone, and claim innocence when that video finds its way on to a file sharing website?

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  33. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Manolo (12,449 comments) says:
    March 20th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t know, but you need serious help for the way every issue comes back to David Bain – I think you should discuss it with your doctor!

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  34. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Zapper (820 comments) says:
    March 20th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    You think people blog to get respect? Really?

    I give my opinion, I couldn’t give a flying duck whether others agree with it, or respect it. I’m fully aware this blog is inhabited by smurfs. I don’t expect anyone to agree with me. I’m sorry if you come here to get your ego boosted, but I don’t need that kind of support.

    PS Your are kidding about JK aren’t you? There are some on here that are so blinded by the light every time he stands up, that even if it was revealed he did those things, the person that made the revelation would be blamed.

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  35. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Our immigration department was happy for him to live here,despite knowing his background.

    The whole thing stinks worse than Fat Bastards jock strap.

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  36. cha (4,026 comments) says:

    Just one more meeting, just one more….

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  37. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    I have decided that 2014 is the official NZ Year Of The Prostitute. And here is a of the people that will be honoured… Russel Norman, Winston Peters, Clare Curran, Hone Harawera, Martin Bradbury, Alastair Thompson, David Fisher, and Vikram Kumar. These people will do anything in order to associate themselves with money and fame, even if the fame is that of a criminal narcissist who is using NZ as his play thing. These people may be degraded and dirty, but they prostitute themselves and their parties without shame and therefore deserve this honour.

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  38. Zapper (1,021 comments) says:

    Dear oh dear Judith. No I don’t come here to get my ego boosted. As a grown up though, I know that when people respect each other’s opinions, things run smoother, no matter where a discussion takes place. Your response sums you up nicely.

    PS Your Key Derangement Syndrome is coming along nicely.

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  39. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    ross69: Return to your rainbow gaggle, your comments, like yourself, are weak and unsubstantiated . . . once a fairy always a fairy.

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  40. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    Pete George – .. a bit of tit for tat. I think, for Wayne Tempero to take the bait and respond, what Kim released could adversely affect Wayne’s integrity and Wayne felt he had no option but to try and neutralise this. Wayne would have sufficiently broad shoulders to suffer minor criticism from Kim without responding, but it would seem to have gone beyond this. Also, all things equal, Wayne seems the sort of guy who would make reasonably rational decisions. But Wayne must feel gravely threatened.

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  41. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Tick, tock, tick, tock – it’s nearly 4 o’clock ;-)

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  42. Pete George (23,577 comments) says:

    Threatened before today or especially today?

    Whale Oil are putting themselves out there too, as are some at NZ Herald. Big people with big money can be a big nuisance if they put their mind to it.

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  43. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    weiharma: Sorry I did not realise I erred. Deportation or extradition, he is still an unwanted, interfering, obese criminal, who owes money, threatens people, and greases to useless left-wing losers for support. Get him on a plane, more appropriately an aircraft carrier, and get him to eff out of here.

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  44. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    igm (698 comments) says:
    March 20th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    weiharma: Sorry I did not realise I erred. Deportation or extradition, he is still an unwanted, interfering, obese criminal, who owes money, threatens people, and greases to useless left-wing losers for support. Get him on a plane, more appropriately an aircraft carrier, and get him to eff out of here.
    ============================

    ah so John Banks is then, in your opinion a “left-wing loser”.

    you may well be right in many peoples eyes.

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  45. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Viking: Banks never gave, nor offered, the obese slug any support. As I stated, left-wing leeches are doing all the promising to get a few dollars, as their principles are already compromised..

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