As Kim Dotcom remains stuck in legal limbo, his once-extravagant-life keeps moving on and costing plenty of money. Auckland Now reports that Dotcom will theoretically be able to keep the balancing act up for awhile longer, as this week a New Zealand court released some of Dotcom’s frozen financial assets to specifically allow the Mega mogul to pay for his continual monthly expenses.
Roughly NZ$135,000, or more than $100,000, will be allocated to Dotcom monthly according to the report. The approximate breakdown (in US dollars via Google currency converter) includes $60,195 for rent, $11,286 for security costs, $18,881 to pay five staff members caring for the place, and $11,286 for “groceries, fuel, and maintenance.” Justice Patricia Courtney made the recent ruling following a February hearing where a “destitute” Dotcom applied for $50,000+ more than that according to RadioNZ. Dotcom himself has complained of bring broke as far back as November 2014 between sustained legal costs, continued cost of living, and assets transferred to his estranged wife and children.
There’s an extensive list of Dotcom’s seized assets stemming from the now famed 2012 Megaupload raid and arrests. This includes millions of dollars in various seized bank accounts in Hong Kong and New Zealand, multiple cars, four jet skis, Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, several cars, two 180-inch TVs, three 82-inch TVs, a $10,000 watch, and a photograph by Olaf Mueller worth over $100,000. As of late 2014, Dotcom’s lawyer Ira Rothken estimated his legal costs eclipsed $10 million to date, but the total of Dotcom’s financial assets remains private. (Last October, he did have to reveal that figure to the Hollywood studios suing him for piracy however).
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