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Chris 'Knight Guider' Date, British Psychic, Accused Of Planting Fake Spirit During Ghost Tour

We wonder if he knew this was going to happen.

A British psychic who claims he can speak to the dead is accused of planting fake spirits during a ghost hunt. Chris Date, who prefers to be called "Knight Guider," hosted a ghost tour on Friday at the (allegedly) haunted Halfway Hotel in Llanelli, South Wales.

At one point during the tour, Date went into the hotel stables with 14 paying customers and asked the supposed spirits to answer a question by knocking twice.

The alleged spook did as requested, but a tour guest and a member of the staff decided to wait around to see if someone came down from the attic where the knocking was coming from, according to hotel owner Paul Francis.

"Twenty minutes went by and then this guy jumped down. Our staff grabbed the guy and threw him out," Francis said, according to the Telegraph.

The man from the attic claimed to be homeless and insisted he had nothing to do with the spooky sounds. However, ghost hunt guest Mike Grimble, 43, skeptically noted to the Daily Mail that the "homeless man" was wearing "designer jeans."

Francis believes the man was a plant.

"We gave [Date] the keys to the hotel around 4 p.m. to set up and I think he used that time to put someone in the attic," he told the Daily Mail.

As might be predicted, Date insists he had nothing to do with any fakery.

"It was nothing to do with me, because that is one of the reasons that I left. I take what I am doing very seriously," he told This Is South Wales. "It was a ghost hunt. No mediumship was promised -- it's a fun ghost tour around the hotel.

"The knocking did not sound like what I am used to. I said on several occasions that it was odd, the noise was too extreme. I have got a very good track record. It's disgusting, I would never do that."

Date isn't the only medium who's come under heavy fire in recent months.

Back in May, psychic Sylvia Browne was criticized for a failed prediction made in 2003 claiming Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry was dead. Berry was alive, but being held captive by Ariel Castro.

In June, Psychic Today, a 24-hour psychic network, was fined the equivalent of $19,079 U.S. for not telling viewers it's all "for entertainment purposes only."

But hey, sometimes the psychic wins, too.

In June, British psychic Sally Morgan won a legal settlement from the Daily Mail for a 2011 article claiming she "deliberately and dishonestly" tricked an Irish audience by using a hidden earpiece during the performance in order to appear as if she were receiving messages from the spiritual world.

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