Star is being sued by former security guard Jeffrey Wenninger
Jeffrey Wenninger, who reportedly worked for the singer up to September 2014, is suing John for sexual harassment and battery following alleged multiple occasions of groping and inappropriate behaviour.
NME approached press representatives of Elton John for a response to the claims, who forwarded a statement from Orin Snyder, the US attorney for John’s Rocket Entertainment Group.
The statement reads: “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.”
TMZ has reported that in the lawsuit Wenninger claims that John “put his hands in Wenninger’s pants” and “attempted to grab his genitals and put his fingers between Wenninger’s butt cheeks”.
The reports also accuse John of telling Wenninger to “get your todger out” and “say hello to Uncle Elton”. On another occasion, John is alleged to have twisted the complainant’s nipples whilst saying “You gorgeous thing, you”.
Meanwhile, Elton John’s photographs from his private collection are set to be displayed at the Tate Modern as part of a new exhibition. The modernist photography show, titled The Radical Eye, will feature more than 150 pieces from more than 60 artists, including Man Ray, Andre Kertesz and Berenice Abbott.
Elton John also recently met rapper Young Thug in Atlanta, fuelling speculation of a possible collaboration. The pair previously expressed a mutual admiration for each other’s music.