THE £40 MILLION DOLLAR MAN

The star is forced to disclose secrets of his lavish lifestyle - and his flower fetish - at the High Court in London...

SIR ELTON JOHN took the witness stand at the HIGH COURT in LONDON yesterday (November 15) to give evidence in his multi-million pound legal wrangle with his former accountants,PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS, and the former managing director of his management company, ANDREW HAYDEN of JOHN REID ENTERPRISES.

Sir Elton, 53, who is claiming negligence in the running of his affairs, admitted that he spent up to £2 million a month and went “spending mad” after signing a £40 million record deal with Polygram in 1996. Between then and September 1997, he spent £30 million. Detailing his spending, he conceded that he splashed out £9.6 million on property and £293,000 at florists.

The pop superstar also spoke of the drug addiction which made him “very irrational and unmanageable” and “a bit of a nightmare”.

Sir Elton is claiming that Andrew Haydon allowed JREL to charge him overseas tour expenses of up to £20 million he should not have paid.

He had earlier reached a £3.4 million settlement with his ex-manager of 25 years, and former partner, John Reid.

The High Court hearing is expected to last eight weeks.