Fighting the US government in an endless round of legal battles has been a mid-life journey for Kim Dotcom, the man pursued so vigorously by US authorities and triggering a round of legal battles commencing with the Netflix-flavoured raid on his Coatesville mansion by the New Zealand police in full FBI-mode, in January 2012.
However, the fights over his file-sharing business MegaUpload have not prevented the big man of New Zealand technology from adding to both his business interests and his cluster of children with the impending birth of his sixth child to law student wife, Elizabeth Donnelly, who he married in a “small, private ceremony” in January 2018 – exactly six years since his previous excitement.
Donnelly, formerly an AUT arts and law student, has moved her legal studies to Otago Law School following Dotcom’s move from Auckland to Queenstown after setting up home with Donnelly. Dotcom described Donnelly as “wonderwoman” at his wedding four years ago, when he also marked the occasion with a damages claim against the New Zealand government.
He has spent well over $10 million on legal fees and had $60 million frozen by the US government, none of which has greatly slowed the man in terms of his business, legal or personal life. It has also been an expensive exercise for the New Zealand taxpayer.
Donnelly, 21 years’ Dotcom’s junior, Liz Dotcom, as she’s now known, met her husband in 2015 as a 20-year-old when he sent her a direct message on Instagram, according to a report in the NZ Herald.
The new baby will be Dotcom’s sixth child and the first for his wife. He has had twin girls, his fourth and fifth children, with ex-wife Mona Verga, who he married in 2009 and divorced in 2014.
The Donnelly-Dotcom relationship followed her relationship with Auckland businessman Mark Harrison and had a rapid start and demise, prior to the reunification and – now – the next baby, too.
So far as Kim Dotcom’s legal issues are concerned, they are likely to continue notwithstanding a Supreme Court decision at the end of 2021 which opened the extradition to the US, a decision that now rests with Justice Minister Kris Faafoi and which, as a certainty, would be legally challenged should it go against Dotcom.
The Supreme Court’s ruling also granted Dotcom and his associates the ability to challenge the decision through judicial review appeals, and remitted the matter to the Court of Appeal.
However the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals after concluding that matters the applicants relied on were not issues that remained outstanding so far as the US extradition issues were concerned and Dotcom, together with co-accused Mathias Ortmann and Bram Van Der Kolk sought leave from the Supreme Court to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision.
That application was declined. But the matter is continuing in sufficient time, it might seem, to permit Dotcom to attend his new baby’s 21st and beyond.