Bradley Ambrose, the freelance cameraman who recorded the
so-called "teapot tapes" conversation between Prime Minister
John Key and Act's John Banks is taking defamation action
against Mr Key.
Mr Key acknowledged the court action today while speaking to
reporters in Hamilton.
"We've been aware for some time now that he's likely to file
proceedings for defamation and we'll be defending that
"I'm not really going to go into any great comments about it.
It's a matter that's before the courts so we'll just leave it
Mr Ambrose was faced criminal investigation after he taped a
conversation between Mr Key and Act's Epsom candidate Mr
Banks at an Auckland cafe just before the November 2011
Mr Ambrose said the recording was accidental but Mr Key said
the recording was illegal and laid a complaint with police.
Police eventually decided not to lay charges but Assistant
Police Commissioner Malcolm Burgess said investigators had
concluded the recording was more likely than not to have been
Last year Mr Ambrose said he was considering defamation
action against Mr Key for saying that Mr Ambrose had broken
He claimed to have lost "tens of thousands of dollars'' worth
of work as a result of the controversy.
"I became completely disillusioned with the people running
the country. And that's coming from someone who's been a
National voter for 18 years``, he told reporters in May last
By Adam Bennett and Natalie Akoorie of the NZ Herald