From Thursday’s New York Times:
A commentary published on Feb. 7, 2008, in the Arts section discussed the impact of the recently deceased Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Beatles and their music. The article mentioned in passing Alexis Mardas, known as “Magic Alex,” who worked on various inventions for the Beatles in the late 1960s and traveled with the group to the Maharishi’s ashram in India in 1968. While expressing skepticism about his work as an inventor during that period, the article did not accuse Mr. Mardas of engaging in fraudulent dealings or criminality, either then or at any subsequent time.
The article also said that the Beatles had a falling-out with the Maharishi after Mr. Mardas reported that the Maharishi had made improper advances toward a woman, a report the Beatles later came to doubt. The Times’s reporting on those events was attributed to Paul McCartney and based on widely published accounts from books and magazines, including some by those who were at the ashram. Mr. Mardas, who could not be reached prior to publication, has now denied that version of the events and provided The Times with a statement.
Good to know 13 months later.