A bodyguard called Jeffrey Menninger is suing his former client Elton John for 12 years of sexual harassment, sexual battery and battery. He worked for Elton John between 2002 and 2014.
In his 13 page lawsuit, Menninger details several instances of sexual harassment:
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There was unwelcome and offensive touching and groping while in a car in Los Angeles.
Elton John said things like “Get your todger out” and “Say hello to Uncle Elton.”
In another alleged incident, John once again groped Menninger, telling him, “You have so many gay genes in you, they just haven’t met up yet.”
The harassment occurred “on many other occasions” throughout his employment, “escalating in frequency and intensity after 2010.” The lawsuit alleges that the singer’s actions were “willful, wanton, malicious and oppressive.”
Wenninger was “was placed in fear for his physical well-being, and suffered and continues to suffer extreme pain and mental anguish to his mind and body.”
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages. Elton John is yet to comment on it. FYI sexual battery doesn’t mean rape but just refers to sexual touching and groping, so there’s no question Elton did anything like this in this lawsuit in case that was what you assumed.
However, his actions here are less than dignified and would be downright traumatising if you had to put up with them for 12 years. Elton John isn’t exactly coy about his sexuality or the fact that he and his partner David Furnish regularly have sex with people who aren’t each other and has been known to be aggressive during his cocaine fuelled years, but I don’t know if he’s guilty of these offences.
I suppose we’ll have to see how it pans out, but there’s enough evidence of a case for Menninger to file the suit so there must be some truth to it.
Check out this story about Elton John’s mum having to hire a lookalike of him for her 90th birthday because they don’t speak in real life. Sad.