BBC TV personality was arrested on suspicion of historic crime during September
Eggheads star CJ de Mooi has claimed that he was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter due to false information on his Wikipedia page.
The BBC quiz show personality was arrested at London’s Heathrow airport in September. Reports at the time suggested that de Mooi had alleged in his 2015 autobiography that he may have killed a man when living in Amsterdam in 1988.
De Mooi has now denied this in a video posted to YouTube, in which he says: “This warrant seems to have been issued because of what I said and wrote in my autobiography – they claim in my autobiography I wrote that I killed a man, I left him for dead, I knocked him unconscious. I didn’t. Nowhere in my book does it say that, if you please just read the book, all it says is a guy came up behind me with a knife and tried to mug me and the words in the autobiography are: ‘I half-punched, half-pushed him into a canal and walked away’, that is all it says.”
He goes on to add: “This warrant and a lot of the press and a lot of the police investigation seems to have been because of what somebody else wrote about me on Wikipedia – literally. The warrant and the press coverage states my real name as Joseph Connagh, it has never been that in my life, it states my date of birth as the sixth of November, it isn’t.
“It states a lot of personal information about me that is completely wrong – somebody wrote this about me on Wikipedia and this warrant has just picked it up and said: ‘Oh this must be true, we will go after him’. I can’t say too much because I’m taking my own legal action, obviously I’m suing.”
It was previously reported that Dutch authorities failed in an attempt to extradite de Mooi to the Netherlands and have abandoned their bid to do so.
De Mooi’s manager said in a statement following the news: “CJ is obviously very pleased with the result of today’s hearing and will continue to co-operate with the Dutch authorities until this matter is finally concluded.”
“He would like to thank the tens of thousands of people who have contacted him via social media and in person, for their lovely words and support during this traumatic time for him.”
De Mooi appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 22 and was granted bail and ordered to not travel overseas, to sleep at his home address every night and to keep a charged mobile phone with him at all times.
Earlier this year, de Mooi was cleared of sexual assault claims and hit out at the BBC for “hanging him out to dry” over the allegations.