Key is carrying plenty of baggage now. Haunted not only by dirty politics, but also the scandal of the election before, the teapot tapes. As reported on RNZ this morning:
Ambrose to sue PM over teapot tape
A freelance journalist is seeking $1.25 million in damages from John Key, claiming the Prime Minister has defamed him.
Bradley Ambrose is the freelance reporter at the centre of the so-called teapot tape incident in November 2011. He has brought the legal action against John Key in the High Court in Auckland.
According to legal documents obtained by Radio New Zealand, Mr Ambrose says Mr Key made defamatory comments about him on three occasions. Documents filed by the Prime Minister’s lawyer say the comments are true and that they were John Key’s honest opinion.
The case is the latest development in the saga of the staged “cup of tea” between the then ACT Party candidate for Epsom, John Banks, and John Key. …
According to court documents, Ambrose left a recording device on the table by accident and it recorded the conversation. A document filed by Mr Key’s lawyer states the Prime Minister believed Ambrose had made the recording on purpose. Mr Ambrose has always denied this. …
Radio New Zealand cannot report the comments because that could potentially be repeating defamation. The so-called teapot tape saga was investigated by police at the time. They found that while the recording was unlawful, a prosecution was not in the public interest.