Jim White's reference to George Michael's first contact with the law ('Pop is beautiful music to legal ears', 1 December 1993) incorrectly stated that a judge released him from his record contract, expressing shock at its terms. In fact, the problem was ultimately resolved by mutual agreement and there was no occasion on which a judge released Mr Michael from his contract and expressed shock at its contents. We apologise for any confusion caused by the error. The contract was described as having all the mutual benefits of one drawn up by a Mafia don. The Mafia of course had nothing to do with the matter.