10 August 2012
Sir Elton John sues The Times for libel
Sir Elton John is seeking compensation from The Times on the grounds of libel, it has emerged.
The world-renowned singer is suing the media organisation after it published an article earlier this year claiming he was linked to an immoral tax avoidance scheme.
Within two pieces by-lined 'the secrets of tax avoiders', it was written that Ingenious Media's Patrick McKenna had been Sir Elton's lawyer and allegedly implied that Mr McKenna had advised the star to engage in tax-dodging.
The Times subsequently printed a four-line correction on June 22nd, but a writ served to the High Court on Sir Elton's behalf said this was not given the same prominence as the original articles.
William McCormick QC - representing the singer who is famed for tunes such as Rocket Man - labelled the correction "wholly inadequate".
"The allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant's reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising," he added.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson