Inside CJ de Mooi's troubled past as he is 'dying and facing homelessness'

In the 2015 book CJ: The Autobiography of CJ de Mooi: My Journey from the Streets to the Screens, the quiz whiz wrote that he punched a homeless man who approached him with a knife in 1988, before throwing him into a canal.

CJ wrote: ‘He caught me on the wrong day and I just snapped.

‘I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him.’

De Mooi was detained under a European Arrest Warrant issued in the Netherlands, with the TV star appearing in court under his real name Joseph Connagh on allegations of manslaughter, murder, assault and battery.

Prosecutor Brian Gibbins told Westminster Magistrates’ Court: ‘It appears the defendant, a TV personality, wrote an autobiography.

‘And in that autobiography it said that the defendant claimed that whilst living in Amsterdam in 1988 he may have killed a drug addict who was attempting to mug him by punching him and throwing him into a canal in Amsterdam.

‘It is understood that person had a knife with him. It was said that the defendant punched his assailant square in the face, disarmed him and threw him in the canal.’

However, on 24 October, the Dutch authorities admitted ‘basic errors’ had been made in the issuing of the warrant, and District

Judge Khalid Qureshi dismissed the warrant at the request of Mr de Mooi’s legal representative.

The judge described the case as ‘dodgy’ : ‘This is a classic case where in the absence of a domestic warrant a [European Arrest Warrant] should not have been issued.

‘In the circumstances in the absence of a domestic warrant and the absence of any decision to charge, I dismiss the European Arrest Warrant in the name of Joseph Connagh.’

But CJ’s legal issues weren’t done there, as in April the same year, he outed himself as the BBC celebrity who was arrested in January 2016 over sexual assault allegations.

De Mooi claimed he was ‘hung out to dry’ by the BBC as he lost his slot on Eggheads on the same day police told him they would be taking no further action against him.

He denied the allegation of assaulting a 23-year-old man while on a night out with two friends on 23 January.

Police arrested him and held him in the cells for five hours before he was released.

A rep for the star claimed the allegations forced de Mooi to file for bankruptcy.

They said: ‘He declared bankruptcy in 2018 due to opposing solicitors trying to recoup costs relating to the false allegation of sexual assault made against CJ in 2016.

‘The firm put in a claim against his only asset, the home owned with his husband. He has not worked since so has no savings and his only income is a disability benefit.’

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