Former Eggheads star CJ de Mooi says he may become homeless

Laura Hannam
·Reporter
CJ de Mooi says he is bankrupt. (PA Images)
CJ de Mooi says he is bankrupt. (PA Images)

Former Eggheads quiz master CJ de Mooi, real name Joseph Connagh, says he is bankrupt and may become homeless.

The 49-year-old has been been hit with huge legal bills after fighting extradition to The Netherlands over murder charges and additional legal fees when he was accused and then cleared of sexual assault.

He was officially declared bankrupt last September, and on Wednesday he published a worrying tweet.

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The former television host wrote: “The bankruptcy trustee ignores my questions. A man lied and destroyed my life but is protected (so as not to dissuade genuine accusers). My house is being possessed to compensate his solicitors. I’ve broken no law but am being made homeless.

“Nobody will help me. Is this justice? I can’t afford to fight and there is no law to protect me.”

After several fans replied wishing him well and also expressing their concerns, he followed up with a tweet thanking his followers.

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He also said that he has enlisted the help of a specialist insolvency solicitor, who ‘seems optimistic I can save the house.’

Mooi claims in his 2015 autobiography that after he ran away from home aged 17, he experienced homelessness several times – both in London and then in Amsterdam.

He also described in the same book how he may have killed a mugger in Amsterdam, which led to him becoming a wanted man by the Netherlands police.

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Mooi describes how he fought off a knife-wielding attacker in 1998 in the Netherlands capital. He alleges that he punched the mugger and then threw him into a canal.

He was arrested at Heathrow Airport in September 2016, but the Westminster Magistrates’ Court declined the extradition request on technical grounds after prosecutors mismanaged the paperwork.

He was on Eggheads and its spin-off series from 2003-2014, and he has since gone on to pursue a career in acting.