One of Elton John’s former personal security guard is suing the musician for alleged sexual battery and sexual harassment. But Elton has denied the charges, and his lawyer called the suit “baseless”.
The security guard, Jeffrey Wenninger alledges that John touched him in an “unwelcome” manner over the course of several years after he started working for the singer in 2002 as an off-duty security guard, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Wenninger, who was a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department at the time, said the incidents increased in “frequency and intensity after 2010.”
Part of the complaint reads,
Wenninger attempted to resist the unwanted advances, both verbally and physically, but his actions “had no permanent effect” on John’s behaviour, the suit claims.
Orin Snyder, an attorney for John, said in a statement that Wenninger is “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,” Snyder said. “We will not give into his latest abuse of the legal system.”
Wenninger is seeking unspecified damages for, among other things, “physical, mental, and emotional injuries,” lost wages and medical costs.