Controversial ‘Tinder death’ interview airs in Australia

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An Australian man acquitted of killing a woman on a Tinder date has been asked if he is “heartless” in a controversial TV interview.

New Zealand woman Warriena Wright fell to her death from Gable Tostee’s balcony on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2014.

Last month, Mr Tostee was found not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

Australia’s 60 Minutes programme paid him A$150,000 (£90,000, $115,000) for Sunday’s interview, local media said.

Mr Tostee and Ms Wright had met through the dating app Tinder. Their night of drinking and consensual sex deteriorated into a drunken physical altercation that ended when he locked her on his balcony. The New Zealand tourist fell 14 floors to her death less than 30 seconds later.

The exclusive interview focused on Mr Tostee’s recollection of the events and a 199-minute audio recording he made secretly on the night.

The same smartphone recording that was used in court to argue his guilt was also used to prove his innocence.

The audio reveals Mr Tostee saying: “You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my [expletive] balcony, you goddamn psycho little [expletive].”

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