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New Zealand cops feared Kim Dotcom’s belly of mass destruction

Updated 4 years ago
Published Aug 15th, 2012 2:55PM EDT

If anyone thought the shenanigans surrounding Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom couldn’t get any more absurd, think again. The New Zealand Herald reports that the New Zealand police justified utilizing its elite counterterrorism unit during the raid on Dotcom’s mansion in part by claiming that Dotcom might use his stomach as a weapon against law enforcement officers. According to the NZ Herald, law enforcement officials cited claims by former Megaupload video editor Jess Bushyhead that Dotcom “body-butted” him “in the left shoulder using his stomach” to demonstrate that Dotcom was prone to violent behavior. The NZ Herald also says that police “cited a photograph of Dotcom holding a shotgun” as a reason to suspect Dotcom would be a threat during the raid.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.