Robbie Williams believes he was haunted by the spirit of Mama Cass in a house he rented from Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd.
Robbie, 45, rented the Los Angeles home from Dan, who has previously claimed that the house and hauntings inspired him to write the spooky 1984 comedy, when working in America 18 years ago.
He claims that during his stay he was visited by another of its famous previous owners, The Mamas and the Papas singer Cass Elliot, known as Mama Cass, who died of heart failure aged 32 in 1974.
He told Jo Wood on her Alien Nation podcast that he had felt a spectral presence in the house as soon as he moved in and said to the spirit: “I know that you are here and I am going to respect your space. I please ask you to respect mine as I am scared of you.”
Explaining how a friend had also been haunted, he added: “My friend who I was living with at the time came down. He’d just had a shower and he was white. I said, ‘What’s up?’ And he said, ‘I’ve just had a conversation with someone that wasn’t there’.”
Revealing how he knew the identity of the ghost, he told how the atmosphere changed in one room when The Mamas and the Papas hit California Dreamin’ played on the TV, saying, “there was this silence I’ve never experienced before or since”.
He also said he had discussed the hauntings with another previous resident, Zak Starkey, who lived there as a child with his dad Ringo Starr, and added when he left removals workers refused to go back into the house “because of the old lady sitting in the chair”.
In a 2013 interview with Esquire magazine Dan, 67, explained his own experiences in the home.
“I’m pretty sure there were two spiritual presences in that house,” he said. “Mama Cass herself, and then another guy, who died in the hillside next to the house and was buried there.”