The late Michael Winner outside his houseCredit:Mike Lawn/REX/Shutterstock Robbie Williams has enlisted a Native American healer to cleanse his new £17.5 million mansion of the spirit of its former owner, the film maker Michael Winner.The rock star and his wife Ayda Field made the bizarre plan after moving into the Grade II-listed Woodland House in west London.TV presenter Ayda, 37, revealed she is spooked by the thought of the late Death Wish director “watching over her” and criticising her interior decor for the Victorian mansion. She told ITV’s Loose Women the couple have enlisted a Native American healer to burn herbs in order to cleanse the house of Winner’s stubborn spirit.She said: “I am kind of concerned because I’m like, ‘Michael, do you like this? Is this OK with you?'”He was such a larger-than-life character.”Ayda plans to have the house saged: a Native American ritual where bundles of dried sage are burned to cleanse a space of negative energies.”I am going to have it blessed, saged, the whole LA thing,” she said.Winner died in the house at the age of 77 in January 2013. Williams bought it in December that year.But a friend of Winner’s, Barry McKay, is appalled at the idea.”Isn’t that all a bit New Age faddish?” he told the Daily Mail. “Michael would consider this all bonkers, especially having his spirit expunged.”He once said he hoped to exert a presence at Woodland House from the afterlife…and so he should.” 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.
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