Ex-boxer 'sent to sort out' astrologer
Champion boxer-turned-debt collector Sean Sullivan says he was paid $1000 to visit a celebrity astrologer to demand he remove items from his website.
But when he got there, he liked the star-gazer so much he sat down for a reading.
Police this week confirmed they had received a complaint alleging controversial Auckland restaurateur Leo Molloy brother of reality TV queen Julie Christie had paid Sullivan to visit astrologer Don Murray.
According to Sullivan's police statement, obtained by Sunday News, the 40-year-old ex-New Zealand professional boxing champion was to speak with Murray about removing items from his website donmurray.co.nz which Molloy found offensive.
Sullivan told police he telephoned Murray whose website includes scathing articles about Kiwi celebrities and media and racing industry figures on March 20 and told him he'd like to visit him at his south Auckland unit.
"Don wanted to know my birth date and time and told me to ring him back after I found out from my mother what time I was born," Sullivan told police.
"I rang mum and then rang Don at lunchtime and told him my time of birth and we agreed to meet."
Sullivan turned up at Murray's home on March 23 to follow Molloy's instructions but instead sat down for an astrological reading "which took about half an hour and was very accurate", Sullivan's police statement says.
The father-of-two said he soon decided not to threaten Murray who appears on Murray Deaker's Newstalk ZB show and has read the futures of stars Nicky Watson, Charlotte Dawson, Jonah Lomu and Robbie Deans.
Sullivan discovered they had lots of mutual friends "and I started feeling bad about having to threaten him", he told police.
The cult boxing figure told police he said to Murray that Molloy wanted the astrologer "to stop harassing him on the internet and after some discussion Don agreed".
The pair left on good terms.
"I had no intentions of threatening Don or causing him harm because he seemed like a nice chap," Sullivan's police statement says.
He told Sunday News he "wished I'd never got involved" but declined to comment further.
Murray said he and Sullivan "sorted it all out very quickly".
"It was a bit scary at first but it didn't take long for Sean and I to become friends," Murray told Sunday News.
Molloy said issues between him and Murray stemmed from "hideous things" the astrologer had written on his website about friends and acquaintances of his.
"The guy has a complex in which he writes things about people when they don't like him. It is a jealousy thing," Molloy said.
The duties Sullivan was required to carry out during the visit to Murray's house were specified in a "written agreement" which Molloy refused to disclose to Sunday News.
It was "just a little job" he wanted carried out, Molloy said. The restaurateur now planned to visit Murray himself.
"I am going to book in to see him and give him a reading of horror," Molloy said.
Molloy was confident police would spend little time on the complaint.
"The police will laugh at this. As soon as they come to me I will refer them to a number of prominent people I know who will tell them straight that I do good things for a lot of people," he said.
Molloy's admission he hired Sullivan comes one month after he claimed the events never took place.
"(Murray) is just a dreamer ... the guy says a lot of things. I put it to you that the guy is full of s***," Molloy told Sunday News on March 28 when asked if he had sent someone to see the astrologer.
Senior Sergeant Richard Kapa said he was compiling a bundle of statements relating to the incident but refused to say if charges would be laid.