The Times of London published two articles on "the secrets of tax avoiders," and in those articles the paper said that one Patrick McKenna was Elton's former accountant. The paper also said that McKenna advised British film investors how to abuse the tax breaks they received from their investments. Elton's suit claims that the articles therefore implied that he, too, had been advised by McKenna to dodge taxes.
The Times had already published a correction, saying that McKenna had never been Elton's accountant, but in the lawsuit, the singer's lawyers said the correction was "wholly inadequate" and "deliberately ignored the defamatory impact" of the original article.
According to the BBC, Elton's lawyers claim that The Times' articles caused "severe damage to his reputation," as well as "personal distress and embarrassment," and note that they'll be seeking damages for "the sense of insult and injury."
In the suit, Elton's lawyer indicates that the star is most concerned about how the articles would affect his philanthropic work, writing, "The allegations are particularly damaging to the claimant's reputation in the sphere of charity fundraising."
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