The son of late TV magician Paul Daniels’ has lashed out at Debbie McGee, accusing her of leaving him jobless and facing life on the streets.
56-year-old Paul Junior claims he was cut out of his dad’s will, and the BBC star’s entire £1.5million fortune passed straight to Debbie. Worse still, he says ‘ruthless’ McGee closed the shop he founded with his dad ten years ago, leaving him destitute.
“Debbie McGee is nothing but a false witch who will struggle to survive without my father’s name attached to her,” Paul Junior told The Sun. “Now she’s just a jumped-up dancer with no talent.
“She is running around like a sweet and innocent widow, but she doesn’t fool me. I’ve put up with her for years for the sake of my dad but now that he’s gone I want nothing to do with her.”
The father and son team launched the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop in Wigan in 2007, but when Paul unexpectedly died of a brain tumour in March, ownership of the shop passed to Debbie. Just a couple of months later, Paul Junior claims he was given his marching orders.
“She came to the shop unexpectedly in May and said she was closing it. She just said, ‘Get your stuff and go.’ I only had three minutes to grab my things and get out.
“She told me she would look after me and help pay my rent and bills afterwards. But, like my inheritance, I’m yet to see a single penny.”
Paul Junior is one of three sons the magician had with first wife Jacqueline Skipworth before they divorce in 1975. He had an on-off relationship with his dad, and the pair didn’t speak for five years around the time a police raid uncovered cannabis plants with a street value of £89,000 at Paul Junior’s home.
“We hadn’t spoken for about four or five years but when he heard we started speaking again,” he explains. “It became something that brought us closer together again. Rather than wash his hands of me, he brought me back into the fold.”
The magic man’s son has now come to an agreement with the shop’s landlord and hopes to relaunch under his dad’s name. “[Debbie] will never be able to take his name as it’s mine too,” he explained. “I will carry on his name the right way.”
Debbie McGee has declined to comment, but blasted Paul Junior’s claims as “inaccurate.”