New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has branded internet mogul Kim Dotcom a political “Sugar Daddy,” who is trying to game the country’s general election in the hope a favorable outcome for him can help him escape justice.
During a radio interview, the Prime Minister recently referred to Kim Dotcom as the “Sugar Daddy” of Key’s election rival, leader of the Internet Party, Laila Harre.
“He is a sugar daddy for them, he is a chequebook,” said Key.
Ms Harre responded to the same radio station by saying she found Key’s Sugar Daddy remarks as “deeply offensive, totally sexist and bordering on defamation.”
German national Kim DotCom, founder of the Megaupload file-sharing site, is fighting extradition to the United States on online piracy charges. He formed the Internet Party to contest the September 20 election and also formed an alliance with an existing left-wing Maori-based party called Mana.
“To talk about me as somebody who would have a sugar daddy, given the integrity that I bring into the political system, I find deeply offensive,” Ms Harre said.
Mr Key, however, is standing by his comments, saying the Sugar Daddy comparison makes complete sense to him:
“I think it’s totally accurate,” he told reporters. “He funds her.”
Mr Key denied the remarks were offensive or sexist.
“I think she is literally being funded by Kim Dotcom … if he wasn’t putting up the money, she wouldn’t be there,” Mr Key said.
He also refused to acknowledge there was a sexual implication to a Sugar Daddy, simply defining it as “someone who funds somebody else”.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a Sugar Daddy as “a rich older man who lavishes gifts on a young woman in return for her company or sexual favors”.