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Van Morrison Settles Dustup with PR Exec Over Alleged ‘Love Child’

Van MorrisonThis morning we learned that the just-resolved defamation dispute between FleishmanHillard EMEA regional president John Saunders and Irish pop singer Van Morrison had more twists than the singer’s own epic “Madame George.” (Though, to be fair, that song only had one.)

Way back in 2009, Van Morrison’s official site posted the announcement that “Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III,” and entertainment news sources attributed the statement to the singer himself. The problem? The baby’s mother was not his wife, former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocca.

The singer claimed the announcement was a hoax, and Saunders — who had worked with Rocca in the past — went on the radio proclaiming the story to be false and claiming that Morrison did not know Gigi.

It’s not clear whether Saunders was paid to give these interviews, but it is clear that Van Morrison did indeed know Gigi.

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Saunders To Lead F-H Operations in U.K. and Africa

John Saunders, who has served as regional president for Fleishman-Hillard’s operations in Continental Europe and Ireland, will also now manage operations in the U.K. and Africa. He has served in a leadership role within the firm for about 20 years, and is replacing Kevin Bell who stepped down in January.

Saunders co-founded Pembroke Public Relations in 1982, then created Fleishman-Hillard Saunders in 1990, and eventually became regional president of Europe and Eurasia in 2007.