Tycoon's Hollywood Statement Upsets New Zealand Jews

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Kim Dotcom and his estranged wife Mona.Credit: Screenshot YouTube

Embattled high-tech tycoon Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz) has angered New Zealand's Jewish community with a tweet that highlighted what he said was Jewish control over Hollywood, the New Zealand Herald reports.

The German-born founder of file-sharing websites Mega and Megaupload has lived in New Zealand since the German authorities charged him with computer fraud, insider trading and embezzlement in 2003.

He is currently fighting attempts to extradite him to the United States for copyright infringement.

In a series of tweets this week, Dotcom attacked U.S. prosecutors for attempting to block access to his legally restrained fortune by his estranged wife Mona.

In one tweet, Dotcom attacked Hollywood for what he believes is its role in driving the U.S. prosecution.

"What the US Govt is doing reminds me of what I learned in school about Nazi Germany. Ironic, Hollywood is run by mostly Jewish entrepreneurs," he wrote.

New Zealand Jewish Council president Stephen Goodman accused Dotcom of raising the specter of the mythical "Zionist conspiracy that runs the world."

"Weird," he said. "It is offensive. It's also totally incorrect. Yes, there was a lot of Jewish involvement in the early days of Hollywood. It doesn't happen nowadays. It's a corporate world."

Dotcom previously upset the Jewish community after it emerged that he owned a signed copy of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf."

"Nazi allusions are not just offensive to Jews but to the whole of the New Zealand community, in fighting Nazism in the Second World War," Goodman said.

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