Alleged prominent businessman assault victim looking for a 'pay day', court told

The jury at Auckland District Court heard more evidence from a man who has accused a prominent businessman of groping him while he lay ill in a bed at the businessman's house in 2016.

The man says he met with two associates of the accused at a Gold Coast hotel the following year expecting to discuss work opportunities.

Instead, he says, the associates tried to pressure him into withdrawing his police statement about the alleged 2016 assault. 

A secret recording of discussions about the alleged $700,000 was played to the court.

The man says he suggested what he called an "outrageous figure", so he would be left alone. 

During cross examination, David Jones, lawyer for the businessman, accused the man of making up the assault.

He said the complainant felt bad about being told to leave the businessman's house and was looking for a pay-out. 

"I suggest that you have created this indecent assault allegation effectively out of nothing. I would say why? Well we can explore that but you are someone that was on the way out," said Mr Jones

"I suggest that you are looking for a pay day or some form of advantage as a result and maintaining a complaint, what do you say about that? That's incorrect."

The trial is set down for four weeks.



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