Sir Elton John and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin have been left surprised and disappointed by a baseless lawsuit accusing the pair of stealing the lyrics to their hit song Nikita.
Photojournalist and songwriter Guy Hobbs has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in Illinois, claiming that Sir Elton's 1985 chart hit, which features lyrics penned by long-term collaborator Taupin, bears striking similarities to his own track Natasha, which he wrote three years prior.
In his court papers, Hobbs claims he came up with the tune, about his love affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress, and had it copyrighted before sending it out to various publishing companies, including Big Pig - the firm which handles the Rocket Man star's songs.
Hobbs alleges it has taken him over two decades to take legal action because he moved to Africa in 1984.
But representatives for both Sir Elton and Taupin have denied the allegations, dismissing the suit as completely meritless.