SIR ELTON JOHN SUED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT


ARCHIV - Der britische Sänger und Musiker Elton John tritt zum Start seiner Tournee in Wetzlar anlässlich des Hessentages auf (Archivbild vom 01.06.2012). Z wie Zeremonie zum Schluss: Bei der Schlusszeremonie der Olympischen Spiele in London wird mit Popmusik, einem der größten britischen Exporterfolge, nochmals richtig gefeiert. Foto: Emily Wabitsch dpa (zu dpa 0250 vom 11.08.2012) +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++

Sir Elton John is being sued for sexual harassment and battery by a former security guard who alleges the singer tried to force himself on him.

Jeffrey Wenninger has filed a lawsuit, seen by US website TMZ, where he claims John put his hands down his pants.

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Wenniger alleges the star “attempted to grab his genitals” when the pair were in a car together in 2014.

According to the lawsuit, the singer also told him to “get your todger out” and “say hello to Uncle Elton” in a separate incident, reports TMZ.

A lawyer for Elton, Orin Snyder, said in a statement: “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.”

Meanwhile, an audience with Russian President Vladimir Putin is still on the cards for John when he performs two concerts in Russia at the end of May.

John, 69, will perform in Moscow and is also expected to give a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city and Putin’s birthplace.

Putin confirmed last September he would be willing to meet John to discuss his concerns about gay rights in Russia.

Human rights activists have continually criticised Russia for its treatment of gay people, and John has previously spoken out against a 2013 law banning the dissemination of “gay propaganda” among young people.

The Kremlin said the meeting would take place “if there are precise dates of his (John’s) stay here and if the president’s working schedule allows it”.