CJ de Mooi: 'I don’t know how long I’ve got left'

CJ de Mooi

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Former Eggheads quizzer CJ de Mooi has said he has been left "very vulnerable" after fighting ongoing legal battles.

Appearing on the drive show with Eamonn Holmes, the 49-year-old - who has been living with AIDS for 30 years - said worsening health left him unsure of how long he had left to live.

"Over the last three years I’ve had a lot of issues shall we say and the constant stress of everything that’s been going on has, according to my doctor, weakened my immune system so much that I’m now very vulnerable," he said.

“I’m still quite fit and healthy but I don’t know how long I’ve got left because the simple fact is if the solicitor drags it on for another few months I could die and if I die then their last obstacle is removed and they can take the house without any obstacles."

Mr de Mooi declared bankruptcy in 2018 due to solicitors trying to reclaim costs relating to false accusations of sexual assault made against him in 2016.

He had previously faced huge legal bills following accusations he murdered a homeless man whilst living in Amsterdam in 1988.

“The fact is since I was suspended from Eggheads in 2016 I haven’t earned a single penny, with all the legal fees its cost me everything I have," he said.

“I’ve actually begged on social media for another few thousand and a lovely lady called Lisa a week ago set up a GoFundMe page which I was a little embarrassed about. But to be perfectly honest I’m not in a position to refuse it at the moment."

Words by Wesley Hudson

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