A Zillow executive who is at the centre of a $2.65 billion (US$2 billion) lawsuit accusing the theft of trade secrets, is claiming that he was not trying to tamper with the evidence when he erased computer data to hide online porn.

The legal battle between Move Inc. and Zillow has taken completely a different twist. Move is a part of Rupert Murdoch News Corp. and operator of Realtor.com. Move sued Zillow 12 days after its chairman Errol Samuelson left it for Zillow. Consequently, a King County superior Court judge prevented Samuelson from performing some of the key duties as Zillow’s chief industry development officer.

In 2014 Lawyers for plaintiffs Move and National Association of Realtors accused that Zillow executive Curt Breadsley, who was also a former Move employee, tampered with the vital evidence to the legal battle between the American property portals, reported The Australian.

Move alleged that not only a huge amount of money but also its pride was at stake due to Zillow’s move.

Zillow claimed that its employee Curt Breadsley’s addiction to porn led him to do a cover-up and delete the porn related files.

According to Geek Wire, in a court document, Breadsley’s attorney James Savitt writes that if the assumption that Breadley was scheming to steal trade secrets was taken away than the motion “teeters and collapses.” Moreover, the lawyer emphasized that Breadley’s references to the “Vichy French” does not indicate towards a sinister plan.

James noted, “He wanted to avoid this perception, and he wanted to make sure he didn’t view himself as a traitor. Vichy French” was noted does not “come close” to suggesting a plan to steal trade secrets.”

He further stated that Breadsley wanted to clear the history in his laptop as he had visited porn sites and “he was mortified to think that others, including work colleagues and industry folks, would find out.”

He claimed that the executive did not intend to destroy any evidence.

The pornographic component of the case got highlighted when The New York Post which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp. featured a story on it. Breadsley’s attorneys pointed the common thread between Move and the newspaper.

The trial will be on 6th of June and it will be zealously followed by Sydney-based boutique fund manager Caledonia which has some of the richest Australians as its investors. Caledonia has been backing Zillow for a long time and has 21.51 percent shares.

Litigation analysts, on the other hand, believe settlement between the companies is possible. The negotiation process will strengthen before the trial date.

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Tom Claps observes, “We believe that Zillow may be forced to increase its settlement offer in order to avoid a trial.”

Lately, the legal battle between Apple and FBI got all the media attention.