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Elton John sues The Times

By | Published on Wednesday 8 August 2012

Elton John

Elton John’s had a busy few days, first calling Madonna a cunt and now suing The Times, saying that the newspaper falsely linked him to a tax avoidance scheme, reports the BBC.

The Times has already acknowledged that it made an error by claiming that John’s former accountant had been involved in setting up offshore tax avoidance schemes (and stating the singer’s relationship to him) in an article published on 21 Jun. However, says John’s lawyer, a correction published the following day was “wholly inadequate”.

William McCormick QC said in legal papers filed yesterday: “The allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant’s reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising. [They caused] severe damage to his reputation and personal distress and embarrassment”.

John is seeking undisclosed damages for “the sense of insult and injury”.