Dotcom threatened John Key, MP says
Political hopeful Kim Dotcom made "direct threats" toward Prime Minister John Key in a "chilling" conversation, the National MP for Rodney, Mark Mitchell, says.
Speaking in Parliament today, Mitchell said the comments were made at a barbecue in his Northland electorate, where Dotcom was also a guest.
Dotcom's fledgling Internet Party plans to contest the election.
Mitchell said the men's conversation at the barbecue "I can only describe as chilling".
"Direct threats were made by Mr Dotcom towards our prime minister," Mitchell said.
"He stated that he could and would destroy the prime minister and that he already had members of our Parliament working with him to achieve this."
Mitchell said he left immediately and did not treat the conversation as serious because he had "many years dealing with and being exposed to violent and intimidatory people".
"But sitting in my vehicle with my wife it was obvious she was shaken and the nature of the threats had frightened her."
He had subsequently watched "in amazement" as various Opposition MPs made the trip to Dotcom's Coatesville mansion, Mitchell said.
He believed they were there to "assist Mr Dotcom on his mission to destroy the prime minister", he said.
In a tweet, Dotcom responded: "The only threat I ever made to those who abuse their power and think they are above the law: 'The truth will come out.'"
An Internet Party spokesman said tonight there would be no further response.