Defamation action against Van Morrison settled

PR executive took case over statements released after claim of baby’s birth emerged

Van Morrison: court told the singer has written a letter to  John Saunders to set the record straight over the handling of allegations that the singer fathered a child with his former tour manager.

Van Morrison: court told the singer has written a letter to John Saunders to set the record straight over the handling of allegations that the singer fathered a child with his former tour manager.

 

An action in which a public relations executive had alleged defamation against singer Van Morrison has been settled and struck out on consent at the High Court.

Public relations executive, John Saunders, had sued Mr Morrison arising out of a radio interview of December 2009 in which Mr Saunders denied claims that the singer’s American manager, GiGi Lee, had given birth to Mr Morrison’s son.

At the High Court today, John Kerr BL, for Mr Saunders, told Ms Justice Marie Baker the action had been settled on terms and could be struck out.

Counsel said the settlement was on the basis of a letter which confirmed that Mr Saunders had, in giving the radio interview, “acted with integrity and on the express instructions of Mr Morrison”.

There would also be undisclosed damages and legal costs, counsel added. Ms Justice Baker struck out the proceedings.

Neither Mr Saunders, of the PR firm FleishmanHillard, nor Mr Morrison were in court.