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High Court told of ‘Gold Coast attempt’ to make complainant drop sexual assault charges against wealthy businessman

A man has told an Auckland court he was lured to a luxury Gold Coast hotel in a failed plot to pressure him to withdraw a sexual assault complaint against a wealthy New Zealand businessman. Giving evidence by video link to the High Court in Auckland, the complainant said he was offered a work contract in 2017 by two people posing as talent agents, if he flew back to New Zealand with them and withdrew his 2016 police complaint.

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