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Bouncer in Tindall ruckus faces court

19/09/2011 01:31:38 PM Comments (0)

A New Zealand nightclub bouncer who allegedly released security camera footage of England centre Mike Tindall cosying up to a woman on a boozy night out faced court on Monday.

Jonathan Dixon, 40, appeared in Queenstown District Court charged with accessing a computer system for dishonest purposes, local media reported.

Dixon was not required to enter a plea to the charge, which was laid after he allegedly posted security footage on the internet purportedly featuring Tindall, who is married to Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, Zara Phillips,

The footage, which has since been removed from the YouTube website, supposedly shows Tindall at a Queenstown bar with his arms around a mystery blonde, who at one point kisses him on the top of the head.

Dixon refused to answer reporters' questions after leaving the court, where he was granted bail and ordered to reappear on October 3.

The allegations have proved an unwelcome distraction for the England team and Tindall, who married Phillips on July 30.

Manager Martin Johnson has defended his players' right to go out and "let off steam" amid the pressure of a Rugby World Cup campaign, vowing not to keep them locked in camp during the tournament.

The England team has insisted nothing untoward happened during Tindall's night out, an assessment backed by the owners of the bar they were visiting.

British newspapers quoted a spokeswoman for Phillips over the weekend saying the mystery woman was a friend of the family who attended the couple's wedding, adding "the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion".

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