Elton John: Sues 'The Times' over 'false' tax avoidance story
Elton John has sued The Times for libel in relation to articles about tax avoidance.
The British singer said that he was falsely linked to a story by-lined "the secrets of tax avoiders", which stated that Patrick McKenna was his former accountant.
The papes of the High Court state that, the article had implied John was advised to take part in tax avoidance schemes.
Later, The Times published a correction confirming that McKenna had never been the star's personal accountant.
The lawyers for John described the correction as "wholly inadequate", and that the four-line apology was not given fair prominence to the original story, and that it had "deliberately ignored the defamatory impact".
The singer has stated his concern that the article would have a negative effect on his charity work.
"The allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant's reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising," William McCormick QC said.
John's lawyers added that the articles caused him "severe damage to his reputation and personal distress and embarrassment" and they are seeking damages for "the sense of insult and injury".
The correction in the newspaper had stated: "We have been asked to make clear that the film finance partnerships arranged by Ingenious Media, whose CEO is Patrick McKenna, do not offer schemes of this type and they have not been involved in moving money offshore to avoid tax.
"It was not our intention to make such an allegation and we are happy to make the position clear."
In recent years, stars including Jimmy Carr and Gary Barlow were recently accused of being involved in some form of legal tax avoidance.