ITV psychic gets £100k legal bill for dishonesty ‘car crash stripped me of powers’

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Clairvoyant Maurice Amdur, who starred in Maurice’s Psychic World on Sky TV, suffered neck and back injuries when his car was hit from behind at Marble Arch in January 2015. Mr Amdur, 56, was on his way home after picking up a new £80,000 Jaguar XKS convertible – one of only 14 in the world. He told Central London County Court the prang had a catastrophic effect on his life and his work as a clairvoyant – stripping him of the vital concentration needed to read for “the rich and famous”.

In his £250,000 bid for damages against the insurers for the motorist Ilya Krylov who hit him, Mr Amdur also claimed injuries cost him his relationship with his then girlfriend.

He said: “It didn’t work out because I wasn’t well. I became impotent, I had performance anxiety because I couldn’t use my arms.”

Judge Elizabeth Backhouse accepted Mr Amdur was injured in the crash but threw out his claim and handed him a £100,000 legal bill.

She said he made a “fundamentally dishonest…untrue statement” that he couldn’t work as a psychic reader for two years after his accident.

Mr Amdur, of St John’s Wood, London, who has appeared on ITV’s This Morning and Four Rooms on Channel 4, says his clients have included Naomi Campbell, Al Pacino and Barbra Streisand.

After the accident he claimed he was racked with pain and reduced to living like a hermit.

Mr Amdur told the court he couldn’t get back to work as a psychic until March or April 2017. But the judge said: “I am satisfied that he did some readings. Clearly, he must have known that he did that work and I find that in this respect he has been dishonest.”

The court heard the psychic “strenuously denies dishonesty”.

Judge Backhouse added: “I am prepared to accept that Mr Amdur does believe that he has a ‘gift’ and that he considers that he behaves with integrity when working as a clairvoyant, unlike others in the field who are ‘charlatans’ as he called them.”

The judge said Mr Amdur would have been awarded £10,454 for his injuries, but his entire claim was thrown out because it was undermined by “fundamental dishonesty”.

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