Freelance cameraman Bradley Ambrose is seeking $1.25 million in damages from John Key, claiming the Prime Minister defamed him.
The action has been taken at the High Court in Auckland, according to an RNZ report.
Mr Ambrose made news in the lead up to the 2011 election when he left a switched-on recording device on a cafe table after reporters withdrew and Mr Key began a private conversation with then ACT leader John Banks.
The freelancer has always denied he purposefully recorded the conversation.
As this is the subject of defamation, I’d advise commenters to be mindful in their comments.
Mr Ambrose is asking for:
$500,000 dollars in aggravated damages relating to comments made by the Prime Minister at a media conference three days after the cup of tea meeting
$500,000 for an interview Mr Key have to TV3’s Firstline the following day
$250,000 for comments the PM made to journalists at a stand-up press conference in Upper Hutt two days after the incident
I thought when you sued for defamation you couldn’t seek specific damages? Am I wrong, or has the law changed?