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Megaupload boss asked for butler while on bail

The Local · 22 Mar 2012, 10:04

Published: 22 Mar 2012 10:04 GMT+01:00

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The German national had reportedly applied for nearly three times as much, to cover his costs including luxuries such as a butler and nannies, when he was freed on bail last month.

But the High Court in Auckland ruled Dotcom, who US authorities allege earned $42 million from his file-sharing websites in 2010 alone, would have to survive on NZ$60,000 a month, Fairfax Media reported.

It also gave the Internet tycoon, a keen car enthusiast, access to a 2011 Mercedes Benz, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The 38-year-old's assets were frozen after New Zealand police, cooperating with a major US probe, raided his sprawling Auckland mansion on January 20, seizing artworks and luxury cars including a pink Cadillac.

The US Justice Department and FBI allege Megaupload and related sites netted more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners over $500 million by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other content.

Megaupload was founded in 2005 but shut down in January after the Auckland raid.

A US application for Dotcom's extradition is expected to be heard on August 20. US authorities have said they will seek the maximum penalty of 20 years in jail if he is brought before an American court.

Dotcom, who legally changed his name from Kim Schmitz, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to fight extradition, labelling the case against him "misleading and malicious".

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Your comments about this article

12:31 March 22, 2012 by murka
No surprise to me. The whole thing looks like an arrangement with the purpose to generate as much publicity as possible, coincidentally during the SOPA/PIPA/ACTA assault.

My prediction: they guy will be freed (or will receive a minimum sentence) and disappear from the public scene in the U.S.
13:39 March 22, 2012 by szukalski
Corrupt American business flexes it's muscle once more.. the little (big) man takes the hit.
15:03 March 22, 2012 by derExDeutsche
@ szukalski

Corrupt American business? This guy made 175mil and cost others 500mil robbing musicians and film makers livelihoods. Give me a break.
16:16 March 22, 2012 by zmoke

Kim's a true Finn!!!
17:51 March 22, 2012 by michael4096
"...over $500 million..."

there is a nice talk on ted.com by Rob Reid pointing out just how silly these numbers really are

19:14 March 22, 2012 by lordkorner
Just a thought but is this guy in any way related to Michael Moore ( film director/producer), I mean if you add the base ball cap,the glasses and the scruffy beard,.......
08:34 March 23, 2012 by wood artist
36.8K per month? You've got to be kidding. There's a bunch of families who could live very well on that amount...for a year! Get real!

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