Sunday 22 April 2018

'Harry Potter' actor spent earnings on drink, cars and girls

Devon Murray with his parents Fidelma and Michael after the opening day of a High Court action taken by agent Neil Brooks. Photo: Collins
Devon Murray with his parents Fidelma and Michael after the opening day of a High Court action taken by agent Neil Brooks. Photo: Collins
Neil Brooks. Photo: Courts Collins
Devon Murray in 'Harry Potter'

Tim Healy

The mother of an Irish actor who earned over €1m in the 'Harry Potter' movies has told the High Court he spent his money on drink, cars and girls.

She also claims his former agent didn't do enough to protect the boy from adverse publicity after he was photographed on the set smoking when he was just 13 years old.

Fidelma Murray, mother of Devon Murray who played Seamus Finnigan in the movies, said she sacked Neil Brooks as his agent because he had not done enough to deal with the adverse publicity.

Mr Brooks took legal action against Devon and his parents Fidelma and Michael for the recovery of €286,000 in commission fees he says he is owed by the Murrays. They deny his claims.

Mrs Murray, in reply to a question from the judge about her son's income stream from the movies, said he had "gone drinking, taken out girls and bought cars because that is what teenage boys do".

She said she was not going to give out to him for that, he was their only child.

Devon Murray, now 27, later told the High Court an agent's agreement was "forced on us" without legal advice.

When the smoking incident occurred, both he and his mother rang Mr Brooks. "I thought an agent was going to be able to magically make this (adverse publicity) disappear, but I was wrong," he said.

Mr Brooks said he was in South Africa at the time helping his seriously ill sister. He also said the incident over the smoking was the responsibility of his guardian and asked: "What could I have done?"

He said the Murrays were unhappy with the arrangements while Devon stayed in London during filming, including wanting an apartment rather than the five-star hotel, so his mother could cook for him - and having his own driver to take him to the set. Mr Brooks said that Devon wanted to be driven in a Lexus. Mrs Murray denied this, and said Devon was obsessed with cars - and all he had said was he would love to ride in a Lexus.

When Devon said he wanted his own sound system for his dressing room, Mr Brooks said he did not agree he should have a "boom box" as it would cause a disturbance for the other actors.

Devon Murray told the court that in the early days he had a bond with Mr Brooks. However, by the third film, there had been difficulties over when they were receiving cheques, as well as problems getting in touch with Mr Brooks. "It was like 'Where's Wally'," he said.

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty will give a decision today.

Irish Independent

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