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Friday, 10 August 2012 - 12:11
Sir Elton John sues The Times over tax story
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Sir Elton John is suing The Times for libel over articles he says falsely linked him to immoral tax avoidance.

In two articles by-lined "the secrets of tax avoiders", the Times stated Patrick McKenna of Ingenious Media was Sir Elton's former accountant.

Papers filed at the High Court said the article implied Sir Elton had been advised to engage in tax avoidance.

The Times has already published a correction, acknowledging that McKenna had never been the star's accountant.

However, Sir Elton's lawyers described the correction, published on 22nd June, as "wholly inadequate".

They said the four-line apology did not have equal prominence to the original articles, which appeared on pages one and six of the newspaper, adding that it "deliberately ignored the defamatory impact" of the original article.

William McCormick QC stated in Sir Elton's writ that the pop star was concerned about the effect of the Times articles on his charity work.

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