Media company NZME Radio has apologized to the Prime Minister’s partner Clarke Gayford and paid him an undisclosed sum after it aired comments that he was the subject of criminal charges which it now accepts as false.
In a statement, he said the comments, broadcast on the KICK Fresh Music Friday podcast in March, were “based on rumors” about him being “baseless lies.”
Statements have also been made about Gayford that have been published on KICK’s social media, which he says are “harmful and untrue”.
NZME Radio apologized for the comments and “the pain and suffering they have caused”.
It also acknowledged that he had never been criminally charged and that he was not now the subject of criminal charges in a New Zealand court.
The statement said that as part of the settlement, NZME Radio agreed to pay Gayford a confidential amount.
Gayford said he would not comment further.
NZME Radio said it has nothing further to add.
The online version of the podcast has been removed.