Elton John to sue The Times newspaper

The singer claims that the paper defamed him over controversial tax avoidance article

Elton John to sue The Times newspaper

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Elton John is suing The Times newspaper for libel.

The legendary singer songwriter is taking the paper to court after allegedly defaming him when they implicated the star in a tax avoidance scheme in piece which was published on June 21.

The Guardian writes that the day after the article was published, The Times issued a correction which stated that the man they said was advising John in an offshore tax avoidance scheme had never actually been his accountant. They then issued another retraction last month.

However, John's lawyers have said that the first correction was "wholly inadequate" as it only ran to four lines, whereas the original article was featured on the front page of the paper. They added that the correction "deliberately ignored the defamatory impact" of the piece and are now seeking damages for "insult and injury".

His lawyers continued: "The allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant's reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising."

A spokesperson from the The Times has revealed that the newspaper themselves have now lodged an appeal with the court to see if the article was in fact defamatory.

Elton John is currently in the midst of a feud with Madonna, after he labelled her "a fairground stripper" and proclaimed that "her career is over".

Speaking on Australian TV show Sunday Night, Elton John said when asked about Madonna: ''She's such a nightmare. Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger cunt."

Now, according to The Huffington Post, a "friend" of Madonna, who is also "an insider", has said that the singer couldn't care less about the comments.

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