Paul Daniels son accuses Debbie McGee of failing to support him after magicians death

first_imgThe TV star died of a brain tumour in March aged 77, leaving his £1.5 million estate to his wife.However, his son said that because of a series of bad investments Paul owed £1 million in taxes when he passed away.Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, Paul Junior claimed that two months after his father’s death Ms McGee told him she was closing the Paul Daniels Magic Party Shop in Wigan where he was working. Paul Daniels and Debbie McGeeCredit:Paul Howard/REX/Shutterstock Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee Ms McGee worked as the magician’s on-stage assistant between 1979 and 1994, and married Daniels in 1988. She lives in the couple’s £2.5 million Berkshire home, which was transferred into her name before her husband’s death.Paul Junior said: “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.”A spokesperson for Ms McGee described the claims as “inaccurate”. He said: “She had told me I could keep the shop going, because my dad had always enjoyed keeping it alive. We opened it together.”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.”I had no money to pay my rent.”He also claims that he was left without a phone after she cancelled his £38-a-month company contract, but said she agreed to give him a £3,500 redundancy pay out.center_img He added: “She promised that she would look after me and my brothers. But the only person she has looked after is herself.”Paul Junior is the eldest of three children from Daniels’ first marriage to Jacqueline Skipworth, and spent ten years working with his father as an assistant stage manager in the 1970s and 1980s.However, in the mid 1990s he said that he and his father became estranged, only reconciling a few years later when he was convicted of cultivating marijuana worth £89,000 and given a 12-month community order.He said: “It became something that brought us closer together again. Rather than wash his hands of me, he brought me back into the fold. We became father and son again.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paul Daniels’ son has accused his stepmother Debbie McGee of failing to support him after the magician’s death.Paul Junior, 56, says Ms McGee told him she would “look after him” and his two brothers after his father left his entire estate to her.But he claims that she cut off his phone contract and left him jobless after closing the magic and fancy dress shop in Wigan that he and his father had set up together.last_img

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