Sunday, July 17, 2016
Elton Looses Media Suppression Case
The claims against the singer, who strongly denied any wrongdoing, were withdrawn when he paid the man a six-figure sum out of court, it is believed.
Sir Elton then attempted to block The Sun on Sunday from reporting it – but the newspaper has revealed the details after a tribunal ruled in their favour.
The 69-year-old entertainer and the weekly title battled for four months over the case, during which the singer is thought to have incurred ‘substantial’ court fees.
The newspaper reported that Sir Elton struck the deal with the complainant, who worked for him, in February.
When the case was taken behind closed doors at the Central London Employment Tribunal, the Sun on Sunday’s lawyers argued that granting Sir Elton anonymity contradicted open justice.
This week, the tribunal ruled that the legal action could be made public.
Sir Elton, who has two children with husband David Furnish, also faced allegations of sexual harassment in the US earlier this year.
He categorically denied the claims made by his former bodyguard Jeffrey Wenninger.
A statement from Sir Elton’s lawyer Jenny Afia said: ‘These employment proceedings were fully withdrawn by the ex-employee who left the employment of Sir Elton John’s company in June 2015.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 the claims in full and that the issue was settled in February this year.’
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