On July 5, 2009 we reported that David Gest had been banned from attending Michael Jackson's memorial service by Michael's mother as a "hanger-on" who had not spoken to her son for 10 years. Our article was incorrect.
In fact Mr Gest had been friends with Michael Jackson for over 40 years, the two had remained close and he had been personally invited to the memorial service by Mrs Jackson.
We apologise to Mr Gest for our error and any distress or embarrassment it may have caused.
Monday, 24 August 2009
From yesterday's People, an apology to David Gest: