Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Say hello to Uncle Elton' - Bodyguard sues Elton John for sexual harassment

Elton John: strenuously denies allegations (AP)
Elton John: strenuously denies allegations (AP)

Robert Tait

Multi-millionaire songwriter Elton John is being sued for sexual harassment by a former bodyguard who claims the singer subjected him to a barrage of "unwelcome" and intimate touching and lurid suggestions over several years.

Jeffrey Wenninger alleges that Elton tried to grab his genitals, pulled his nipples, and told him that he had "so many gay genes", court documents lodged in Los Angeles allege. The documents claim he was a victim of sexual harassment and battery.

The alleged incidents, which are said to have occurred a number of times, have been dismissed by the singer's lawyers as a "baseless lawsuit brought by a disgruntled former security officer seeking to extract an undeserved payment".

Mr Wenninger, who stopped working for Elton John in September 2014 after 12 years as his bodyguard, gives specific times and places for some of the episodes.

In one instance, on March 27, 2014, as they were travelling in a car from the singer's Los Angeles house to Van Nuys airport, Sir Elton is said to have put his hand down the bodyguard's trousers, according to the court documents.

'Uncle Elton'

Elton then told him to "get your todger out" and "say hello to Uncle Elton", the documents add.

On April 12, on a journey to Sir Elton's house, the singer allegedly engaged in more "unwelcome and offensive" touching by putting his hands down Menninger's shirt and twisting his nipples.

He reportedly told the guard "you gorgeous thing, you" and tried to stick his fingers in his ear.

He is also alleged to have told him: "You have so many gay genes in you. They just haven't met up yet."

Orin Snyder, a lawyer for Rocket Entertainment Group, Sir Elton's record company, strenuously denied the allegations and said they would be contested. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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