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David Gest -- Bigger than Michael Jackson?

10/28/2009 6:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Who's a bigger draw: Michael Jackson or David Gest? Mr. Gest seems to think it's him, because he's threatened Julien's Auctions with a big fat lawsuit for using his name to hawk Michael Jackson memorabilia.



TMZ has obtained a federal lawsuit filed by Julien's Auctions, asking a judge to tell David Gest he's all wet by even suggesting Julien's used his good name to sell 21 lots of Jackson memorabilia last June in Las Vegas.

According to Julien's, Gest claimed the auction house had no right to tell prospective purchasers that he was the prior owner of some of Jackson's stuff. Gest allegedly claimed his "right of publicity" was violated and he demanded $200,000 from Julien's.

In the lawsuit, Julien's suggested no one would be impressed by a man who "has reportedly been involved in domestic abuse, sued his wealthy ex-wife for $10 million (alleging that she abused him)." Julien's also scoffed that Gest is "in the process of dumping his homeland, the United States" and is pledging his allegiance to the Queen ... of England.

We spoke to the lawyer who filed the papers, Jerry Hawxhurst, who said: "A complaint like the one that was filed is what happens when people make ridiculous claims against good, honest folks like Darren Julien and his company, Julien's Auctions. Gest should be ashamed of himself for trying to trade on Michael Jackson's memory."



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1.

Loulou    

Stupidity reigns supreme.

1789 days ago
2.

WHYME?    

DUMB!!!!!!!

1789 days ago
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JAZZY    

Who the hell is this dude? Whatever! Cant wait to see This IS IT this weekend. Love you MJ. HATERS FALL THE F*CK BACK!

1789 days ago
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They were in it for the money    

This blemish on the azz of society needs to go away. True, at one time he was a somewhat growing up friend of Michael's, but what friend loses his memories of Michael? This is the same guy who wooed and lied to Liza Minelli-She never even knew his sexual status until after the I do's. I say nuts to him! If he allowed his personal things to be lost, his fault, who cares, he's another music business person-cant be too great, Michael never hired him personally, he was hired via you got it Sony, ABC, ect....

1789 days ago
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ABB    

Who in the fliying F*ck is david gest? *note, the name is all lowercase because this pos is nobody I have heard of, really!*

1789 days ago
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Michelle    

What Hell who the Heck is this guy? what is he trying to say that he's Ashamed to have had anything owned by Michale? this guy is a F..ken Fool Well I'll tell you what David you can pass everything on down to me!! I will be happy to take it.. when will this Madness ever stop.. and Jazzy the Haters fun here faster than we do..I saw this is it 3 time Last night and have 3 more sets of tickets..U will luv it..take ur tissues with you ...LONG LIVE THE KING...FYI this Loser should be Glade to be in the same sentence with Michael..cuz until now I have never heard of him..

1789 days ago
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Debbie    

Who the hell are these idiots that try to say they are better than Mj or can take his place? no one cares about this loser!

1789 days ago
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They were in it for the money    

Google this persons name and see what he looked like BEFORE he got glamified in the face. A user plain and very simple.

1789 days ago
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LIFE IS LIFE    

David Alan Gest (born May 11, 1953) is an American concert promoter and media personality, perhaps best known for his turbulent marriage to Liza Minnelli, friendship with The Jackson 5 and appearance on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!.
Gest was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Southern California where he counted Tito Jackson and his brothers as childhood friends. He currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee and in England.
Gest has admitted that in the 1980s he had multiple plastic surgery operations from the same plastic surgeon used by Michael Jackson. He has stated he regrets the operations but no one could have stopped him at the time.
Gest and Liza Minnelli were married on March 16, 2002 having met six months earlier, and separated less than a year and a half later in July 2003.[citation needed]In October 2003 he sued her for $10 million claiming that she had been violent and physically abusive during their marriage, behavior the affidavit blamed on Minnelli's persistent alcoholism. Minnelli denied the accusations, claiming Gest was simply after money. The suit was dismissed in September 2006 for lack of triable issue of fact.
Gest finished in 4th place on the 2006 series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! on ITV in the UK and proved to be popular, with his stories and "Get me outta here song" with fellow contestant Toby Anstis. He was "evicted" from the show on November 30, 2006.
In January 2007, Gest appeared as a judge on ITV1's Soapstar Superstar, for one night replacing Michael Ball who was coaching the singers.
Later that month it was announced that Gest had been signed one year deal by ITV to appear in his own reality series entitled This Is David Gest. The show began on April 22, 2007. Viewers were treated to hairdressers covering David's baldness with black make-up and various shots of David in bed. He also took cameras for a rare glimpse of the Jackson family house in Encino, California, where he met Tito and his children as well as matriarch Katherine Jackson. He was one of the four judges on ITV1's entertainment series Grease Is the Word.
Gest was released from his ITV contract in July because they had no idea what to do with him and both shows he appeared in with the network did not do well in terms of ratings.[3] Gest was quick to come out and say that he wanted to be released "My lawyers negotiated an early release so I could host The Friday Night Project on Channel 4" Gest told The Sun.[4]
In April 2007, his autobiography, titled Simply The Gest, was released. The book is a mixture of memoirs, and Gest's personal views on life.
In June 2008, Gest contributed a monologue to the song 'Bring You Down' by Attic Lights in which he delved into his split from Liza Minnelli. In one line, Gest says: "I never knew a woman could be so cold"

1789 days ago
10.

MJisHERE    

IDIOT AND A WASTE OF TIME.
I SAW THIS IS IT TODAY!!!!!!!!
HE WAS JUST SO A M A Z I N G SMART, TALENTED AND SUCH GOOD SPIRIT.
WORTH SECOND WATCH!!
THANK YOU MICHAEL FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL WITH THE WORLD

1789 days ago
11.

HasBeens    

Surely you gest...I mean jest!

1789 days ago
12.

oreo    

This fruit loop needs to STFU!

1789 days ago
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Trooper Tom    

This is a nobody who's biggest claim to fame was marrying Liza Minelli, move to England you idiot the US won't miss your stupid ass for one second

1789 days ago
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Lisa    

Haha seriously is he for real. Whats wrong with saying he was the prior owner if that is true. See everyone is trying to make money some way by using Michaels name.They make me sick. Cant wait to see this is it friday night.

1789 days ago
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Kidslooklikemom    

Please spread this message for MJ
MJ "Black Revolutionary"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcYqIa8QiG8

1789 days ago
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