The Queenstown bouncer accused of illegally accessing scandalous nightclub footage of an England rugby star has pleaded not guilty.
Jonathan Dixon, 40, appeared in Queenstown District Court today (Monday) accused of unlawfully obtaining video surveillance footage depicting England stand-in captain Mike Tindall cavorting with a blonde woman at Altitude bar on September 12.
Dixon was charged after allegedly posting CCTV shots of Tindall – who recently married royal Zara Phillips – on YouTube.
In a bizarre arrival at the courthouse, Dixon presented local TV3 reporter Leanne Malcolm with a coffee from McDonald’s before saying that he wouldn’t talk to awaiting media because local Radio NZ journalist Steve Wilde was present.
Dixon took exception to Wilde asking him a question when he showed up at court a fortnight ago.
Inside court, Dixon appeared relaxed, giving a thumbs-up signal as he entered the dock. The duty solicitor told Judge Dominic Flatley that Dixon planned to defend the charge.
He has been remanded on bail for a status hearing on October 17.
After his appearance, Dixon said he got “disclosure from the court system to see where I stand” when asked about why he pleaded not guilty.
“I want to talk to all you guys…but first up I’ll talk to John Campbell because I think he’s a nice chap.
“I’ll talk to any media here…that hasn’t said something or printed something negative about me or my family.”
Dixon appeared on a 12-minute-long YouTube video of footage from inside Altitude bar after news emerged of Tindall’s antics with the woman while he was out drinking with Rugby World Cup teammates. The footage was interspersed with footage of Dixon pontificating about Tindall’s behaviour.
Meanwhile, Tindall, 32, yesterday apologised for lying about his drunken night in Queenstown after new footage of him with the mystery blonde emerged from Cowboys bar. Tindall denied going to Cowboys with the woman after Altitude but was forced to come clean when British paper the Mail on Sunday published a photo of the woman, claiming “they behaved like a smooching teenage couple in full view of other members of the England party”.
The newspaper says Cowboy owner Leo Molloy confirms Tindall and the blonde had been captured on the bar’s high-tech CCTV cameras but refuses to show the video, saying: “Our position is that if it’s not a crime, then we won’t release the footage. Rooting [having sex] isn’t a crime in New Zealand.”