Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A British hypnotist and self-help book author was sued Thursday by a former love interest who also acted as his manager and publicist and now claims he wrongfully denies they had a business relationship.

Clare Staples filed the complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Paul McKenna. His works include ‘the breakthrough book “The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna,” which Staples maintains she ghostwrote with him.

Comedians Ellen DeGeneres and David Walliams are among McKenna’s clients.

A representative for the 51-year-old McKenna could not immediately be reached.

Staples says she and McKenna agreed nearly 25 years ago to work together to build his hypnotist brand and to share in the profits. The suit alleges he made more than $100 million during that time.

Although they once were romantically involved, their personal relationship ended in 1995, the suit states. However, they continued to work together professionally, the suit states.

Staples often worked 12-hour days seven days a week to promote McKenna’s act, according to the lawsuit. The couple moved to the U.S. in 2007 to help build McKenna’s career here, the suit states.

“Staples has dedicated her entire professional career to the joint venture with McKenna,” the suit states.

However, McKenna was plagued over the years by personal addictions, according to the lawsuit, which does not specify the addictions.

She confronted him about the addictions, but he did not listen or try to get professional help, the suit states.

Staples says McKenna ended their business relationship in summer 2013.

Staples is asking that she be declared to have a half-interest in one of their properties and the sole owner of another.

McKenna changed the locks at one of the homes, excluded her from the premises and prevented her from obtaining some family heirlooms, Staples says.

The suit also seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

City News Service

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