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Saturday 18 November 2017

Gigi Lee was once accused of forgery

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

A woman linked to Van Morrison in a mysterious baby hoax was once arrested by police.

Texan woman Gigi Lee (right) a co-director with Morrison of a number of his music publishing and production companies including Van Morrison Recordings (NI) Ltd, was arrested by Texas police on November 14, 1990 on two counts of forgery.

However, in public records seen by the Irish Independent, Lee was not convicted of any offence at a court hearing on May 13, 1991, and escaped a criminal record with a "deferred adjudication".

Ms Lee was first linked to Van Morrison on December 29 when a posting on his website falsely claimed the birth of a son to Morrison called George Ivan Morrison III, born December 28, 2009, a report which was confirmed to the media by a publicist who has represented Morrison in the past.

Three days later, the 64-year- old issued a statement that the report was false and "completely and utterly without foundation. For the avoidance of all doubt and in the interests of clarity, I am very happily married to Michelle Morrison with whom I have two wonderful children," the release added.

Lee's close friend, 45-year-old Carla Higdon from Euless, Texas, declined to talk about her arrest but said she was "doing well" after having recently given birth. The human resources manager, who described herself as having a "lifelong relationship" with Lee, said she believed at some point in the future, her friend would speak on the subject. "I think she will. I think she needs a bit of privacy right now," she said.

She added she did not know if Lee would be attending a concert by Morrison in her home town on January 24.

Irish Independent

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