Mon, 18 Aug 2014
WAYNE TEMPERO INTERVIEW: KIM DOTCOM’S FORMER BODYGUARD SKEPTICAL OF POLITICAL MOTIVES
Sean Plunket speaks with former bodyguard of Kim Dotcom Wayne Tempero, about his time with Dotcom and his views on Kim’s motivation for starting The Internet Party.
In a telling interview, Tempero says he used to respect Dotcom, but has since changed his opinions of him after seeing him buy himself favours, along with his way into New Zealand politics.
“His motives are to save himself and have nothing to do with politics in New Zealand,” says Tempero of his former employer.
Wayne agreed to come on the program this morning to have a discussion, I would thank him for doing so and I would welcome him to the program now..
Sean: “Wayne very good morning to you”
Wayne: “Good Morning”
Sean: “Wayne can you first tell me, I just want to go background, you are, a body guard right? How long have you been doing that?”
Wayne: When I heard that music, I laughed because it’s pretty common knowledge I looked after Whitney Huston for a while when I was working for the Royal family of Brunei, she was a very hard woman to look after, I tell ya, it’s not like the movie. Pardon?
Sean: oh so the movie was partly factual?
Wayne: Yeah yeah can be, some of it , the funny part I remember that when I went to pick her up in LA, in one of the private jets, she came up the stairs and she knew who I was because she had been told we would be meeting her there, and she had a bit of a smiley face, and she said you don’t look like a body guard and it was a play on the film I have never forgotten it, but she was a hard client to look after.
Sean: Alright Wayne, now how long have you been in this business?
Wayne: 24 years
Sean: and before that?
Wayne, Um before that, I was in Dunedin umm, like a lot of Dunedin people, when I learned, I went to the freezing works, Burnside freezing works, I was on the kill floor when in those days you made an awful lot of money and you were probably making moiré than doctors actually and I learnt my trade, what I did was umm I learnt with a guy called Jeff Todd in Dunedin and he’s the master hand to hand combat instructor for the worlds special forces believe it or not and he still lives in Dunedin and I was lucky enough to train with Jeff for over 15 years before I took the opportunity with him to do contracts overseas and got into this profession. Read more »