Beatle's Estate Sues Doctor

A doctor forced a weakened George Harrison to autograph a guitar for the physician's teenage son two weeks before the ex-Beatle died of cancer, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

Filed by Harrison's estate, the suit alleges that the musician tried to resist the request by saying, "I do not even know if I know how to spell my name anymore."

The suit alleges that Dr. Gilbert Lederman responded by saying, "Come on, you can do this," and held Harrison's hand as the musician wrote his name on the guitar "with great effort and much obvious discomfort."

And that's not the doctor's only problem: "The state [NY] Health Department reprimanded Lederman for talking to the press about Harrison without his consent. Lederman accepted his censure, reprimand and a $5,000 fine, documents show." The AP has details here via

UPDATE: "Harrison's Doctor Offers to Donate Guitar." Harrison's estate retorts that the doctor's offer is "spin" and refuses to drop the lawsuit.

UPDATE (1/16): Harrison estate, doctor settle guitar dispute.