Bronwyn Pullar only spoke to John Key once about her insurance dispute, and Mr Key - who was leader of the opposition at the time - did not offer to assist her with her massive claim.
Mr Key was last night dragged into the widening ACC scandal and forced to deny a report he was part of a group of senior National Party figures who backed Ms Pullar's bid for a $14 million insurance payout.
Ms Pullar is the former National Party insider and ACC claimant at the centre of a privacy furore at the state owned corporation which has now raised questions of cronyism and exercise of political influence within the party.
TVNZ current affairs programme Close Up last night said it had received a letter written by Sovereign Insurance to former National Party president Michelle Boag in 2007.
The letter named 28 people, among them prominent National Party figures including Mr Key and former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley, as supporters of Ms Pullar as she sought a $14 million payout from the company in relation to injuries she suffered in a 2002 cycling accident.
The claim, Sovereign said in the letter, was "greatly in excess of her entitlement".
Ms Pullar this morning issued a statement in which she said the names referred to in the letter were "a list of known people who were aware of my dispute with the insurer, and who the insurer may encounter in the course of their business".
"This was in the context of us entering into negotiations to reach a confidential settlement. Provision of this list was necessary in case the insurer subsequently faced questions from these parties who had knowledge of the dispute."
Ms Pullar said she recalled only one conversation with Mr Key where she made him aware of her situation.
"It was at a National Party Christmas function in Auckland when he was the MP for Helensville. I was very distressed at the time and I took the opportunity to vent my frustrations. He listened politely, but I did not ask him to do anything and he did not offer to assist."
In its letter, Sovereign noted, Ms Pullar's "claimed support/advisory team" included prominent businesman Sir Selwyn Cushing, Mr Key, Dame Jenny and Dr Wayne Mapp.
Mr Key was at the time the Leader of the Opposition.
He has said he met Ms Pullar when he first entered politics - which was shortly after her accident - but had not had any contact with her since he became National Party leader.
Last night, he issued a statement saying: "I have not been involved in any 'claims support' or 'advisory team' for Bronwyn Pullar.
"The claim in the letter that I was part of such a team in 2007, or indeed any other time, is wrong."
Mr Key's denial came at the end of a day in which ACC Minister Judith Collins sued Opposition MPs over allegations she leaked an email relating to Ms Pullar, and Ms Pullar claimed she used "stealth" software to monitor ACC's handling of her claim.
It also emerged in Parliament that the Green Party recently received the sensitive information about 6700 ACC claimants that was sent to Ms Pullar, sparking the affair, but returned it to the corporation.
Dr Mapp, a former minister who was an MP at the time, last night told Close Up he had met Sovereign to discuss the matter.
"I simply facilitated some meetings ... they ultimately led to a settlement."
The Herald understands that settlement was in excess of $1 million.
Ms Pullar today said he settlement was the subject of a confidentiality agreement.
The Sovereign letter preceded those that Nick Smith wrote in support of Ms Pullar's ACC claim while he was ACC Minister and which led to his resignation from Cabinet last week.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman last night said the Sovereign letter "raises the question of whether John Key did declare his full involvement in this case".
"It also raises the question of whether, in the conduct of his private investigation into
Nick Smith's conflict of interest, he too had a conflict of interest.
"These are questions that only an independent inquiry can legitimately answer."
Ms Collins, the current ACC Minister, yesterday initiated defamation action against Labour MPs Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little and also Radio NZ over allegations about the leaking of an email sent by Ms Boag to Ms Collins concerning Ms Pullar's claim.
She demanded an apology from the pair, but Mr Mallard said Ms Collins' action was "an attempt to gag members of parliament, inside and outside of the House".
Meanwhile, it was reported that when Ms Pullar emailed Dr Smith's letter to ACC in support of her claim last year, she did so using software enabling her to track each time it was opened and who it was forwarded to without the knowledge of the email's recipients.
Internet security expert Peter Gutman, of Auckland University, said such "web bugs" were uncommon.
"Spammers use it on a massive scale, and beyond that it's used only by security geeks."