The Age revealed the contents of the graphic 20-minute tape, which was covertly recorded by Ms Cole in a suite at Melbourne’s Crown Towers.
Mr Buckley and Ms Cole had been involved with each other since 2017, and the recording was made shortly before their relationship ended.
The sound of Mr Buckley allegedly hitting and choking Ms Cole was heard on the recording, in which he accused her of interfering in a dispute he said could expose his involvement in potential criminal activity.
During the recording, Mr Buckley verbally abused, insulted and threatened Ms Cole over his concerns she was in a feud with associates, who Mr Buckley believed could be used as witnesses in any future legal cases.
“What I care about is not going to prison for the next 10 years … Don’t f—ing nag me. I’m gonna hit you, I’m going to really hurt you,” Mr Buckley shouted at Ms Cole during the recording.
Mr Seoud – widely known as Jimmy Vegas – was a director and licensee of Surfers Paradise strip club Toybox Gentlemen’s Club owned by Mr Buckley, until the pair fell out in 2019, ending their friendship of more than a decade.
Mr Seoud lost an unfair dismissal claim against Mr Buckley.
“I’m now quite distressed about what’s going to be revealed. Jen, I could go to prison. Proceeds of crime – I’ll lose everything,” Mr Buckley can be heard saying in the recording.
“This is so f—ing critical. I’ll probably have to hire someone to kill him … OK, I’ve already made those programs to do it, just in case … I’m not going to go spend the rest of my life in prison, I’d rather f—ing shoot him and kill him.”
There is no evidence that Mr Buckley implemented the plan.
When Mr Buckley discovered he was being recorded, he took Ms Cole’s phone. Ms Cole could be heard pleading for Mr Buckley to stop assaulting her before the recording ended.
At the time, Mr Buckley’s lawyer said the recording was tampered with, saying his client’s comments were taken out of context.
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