Elton John suing The Times
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:39a.m.
Sir Elton John is suing editors at British newspaper The Times for libel over allegations of tax avoidance.
Legal papers obtained by the BBC claim a June article implied the rocker had been advised to engage in an immoral tax scheme by a former accountant.
The Times bosses have since published a correction, acknowledging the accountant in the piece had never been employed by Sir Elton, but the Rocket Man's lawyer insists the four-line follow-up was "wholly inadequate".
In court documents, his attorney, William McCormick, reveals his client is concerned about the affect of the Times article on his charity work, stating, "The allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant's reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising."
Sir Elton's lawyers claim the article and the correction have caused the rock star "severe damage to his reputation and personal distress and embarrassment".
They are seeking damages for "the sense of insult and injury".
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