08 September 2009
David Gest launches claim over alleged libel
Concert promoter and media personality David Gest has launched legal proceedings over alleged libel.
The case centres on an article which appeared in July in People magazine, the Press Gazette reports.
In the story, which was entitled "Off the Gest list", it was suggested that he had been banned from Michael Jackson's memorial service by the late singer's mother.
According to the article, she said Gest was a "hanger-on" who had not spoken to her son for a decade.
He is seeking libel damages from the Mirror Group Newspapers, which is owned by Trinity Mirror - publisher of five national newspapers in the UK, including the Sunday Mirror, the Daily Record and the Sunday Mail.
Gest claims the story was false and he was invited to the memorial service held in tribute to Jackson which took place in Los Angeles.
He is seeking aggravated damages for libel and an injunction banning repetition of the claims.
A spokesperson for Trinity Mirror declined to comment on the case.