By Duncan Wilson
Last Friday, shortly after Campbell Live broke the Kim Dotcom-John Banks donation story, RadioLIVE reporter Frances Cook put in a call to Mr. Banks to find out more.
He answered. The pair spoke for a while, Frances moving the interview on to the subject of his relationship with internet tycoon Kim Dotcom.
Then the following happened. Listen to Frances' phone call with John Banks here (recommended for his tone!)
John Banks: "Are you saying that Dotcom's at SkyCity?"
Frances: "No, no - that you had donations to your mayoral campaign from SkyCity and two from Kim Dotcom."
John Banks: "Oh, look, look, look, look, look, look, look [pause] this matter. I don't know if you're caught up with it... I have never been to SkyCity with Dotcom."
Frances: "And what about donations to your campaign? Did you have a relationship with Kim Dotcom?"
John Banks: "What's your relationship? This is offensive! He's a married man, what are you talking about?"
Frances: "[Laughs] Not a relationship like that."
John Banks: "No, look I don't want to go down... I've had no relationship with Dotcom - he's got a wife."
Frances: "Not like that, a business relationship."
John Banks: [hangs up]
Frances: [calls back]
John Banks: "Hello?"
Frances: "Hi, I was just wanting to clear up something, I wasn't meaning to..."
John Banks: "Just a minute, just a minute! I have never had a relationship with Dotcom, he is a married man. And I have not been to the SkyCity with the guy. So thanks for your time, thanks for your call."