Sir Elton John Loses Bid To Gag Press Over Sexual Harrassment Claim

The singer reached an out of court settlement.

17/07/2016 17:32

Sir Elton John has lost a bid to prevent the press reporting claims he sexually harassed a British male working for him.

The world-famous singer, 69, settled the case out of court for an undisclosed sum but then attempted to gag The Sun On Sunday from publishing details of the case.

The tabloid announced it had won a legal battle to report the claims which Sir Elton strenuously denies.

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The Sun on Sunday report the singer reached a six-figure last-minute deal in February.

A spokesman for Sir Elton said: “These employment proceedings were brought after Sir Elton John’s company parted ways with one of its employees in June 2015.

“The claims were always strongly denied and we continue to deny them. Sir Elton John is pleased that the former employee withdrew them in full and that the issue was settled in February this year.”

In March it emerged Sir Elton was also being sued by a former bodyguard.

Jeffrey Wenninger, 49, claimed the singer had put his hand down his trousers while in a vehicle on two occasions.

He also claimed Sir Elton touched his rear and said “get your todger out” as well as twisting his nipples and saying “say hello to Uncle Elton”.

Sir Elton’s lawyer called the claims “patently untrue”.

He said: This baseless lawsuit is brought by a disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment.

“These claims are patently untrue and contradicted by numerous previous statements made by this plaintiff. We will not give into his latest abuse of the legal system.”

A Sun on Sunday spokesman said of the recent case: “This case raised a fundamental issue of a free press being able to report legal cases against celebrities with deep pockets and armies of expensive lawyers who want to keep even the fact of such litigation against them from the public.

“The Sun on Sunday does not suggest the claims, which we accept were denied by Sir Elton and which were subsequently withdrawn, are true. We simply wanted to report the fact the case had been settled.

“The Sun on Sunday refused to be cowed and are delighted the courts have backed our right to free speech and our readers’ right to know.

“Celebrities need to know we will fight for the right to report cases lodged at courts and tribunals.”

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