Gable Tostee, the man acquitted for the death of his Tinder date in 2014, has now publicly spoken about the fateful evening in a controversial TV interview.
The 30-year-old Australian pleaded not guilty to the murder and manslaughter of 26-year-old Warriena Wright, who fell to her death from his 14th floor Surfers Paradise apartment.
And now, Tostee has spoken out about the fateful night for the first time publicly in a TV interview that has attracted a lot of controversy, as Tostee was apparently paid £90,000 to give the interview.
Speaking to 60 Minutes Australia, he said there are “lots of things” he wished had gone differently that evening.
During the interview, Tostee was asked why he called a lawyer and not an ambulance after watching Wright fall, answering: “All I saw was her on the other side of the rail for a fleeting moment and then… and then she was gone.
“Instinctively I knew that if I ran out there and somebody saw me looking over the edge and she had actually fallen all the way, it would look like, you know, it would not look good.”
— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) November 13, 2016
And as for his threat: “You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony,” which the court heard from the recording on Tostee’s phone, Tostee said: “Yeah, and I didn’t intend that as a threat. I intended it as a figure of speech to say, ‘You’re lucky I’ve been so tolerant with you.'”
The Australian was also asked if he was as “heartless” as many are claiming him to be and said:
“When you put it that way, when that’s all you say about a person, with no insight or explanation, you know, the media can make people think what the media wants people to think.”
The interview was condemned by many users on Twitter, who said it was profiting from Wright’s death.
Sickening that Gable Tostee can avoid questioning in court but get paid to do interview. Profit from someone's death. Disgusting.
— Todd Balym (@balym_GCB) November 13, 2016
I can only imagine the horror Warriena's family is experiencing having their little girls last moments broadcast for money by #GableTostee
— Tom Koutsantonis (@TKoutsantonisMP) November 13, 2016