Joel Osteen's right-hand man tells TMZ Dr. Conrad Murray was indeed invited to come to Osteen's church yesterday "to pray and worship," and met with Osteen privately before the service.
TMZ first reported Osteen invited Murray to the service. Someone from Osteen's media relations department told us it was a PR stunt, but the guy who runs the PR department says that's not true.
Donald Iloff, Jr., the Chief of Strategic Operations for Osteen (and Osteen's brother-in-law), tells TMZ, "Dr. Murray did call the church to speak with Osteen a while back but Osteen was not available. Osteen's rep then invited Dr. Murray to yesterday's service." So, Dr. Murray truly was invited.
Iloff says Murray met privately with Joel and Victoria before the service. We do not know what they talked about.
After the meeting, Iloff says Dr. Murray attended the service. "He was really engaged in the worship service," Iloff says.