Sir Elton John and David Furnish have won a libel case against The Sun newspaper over false allegations relating to their pet dog.
In February, The Sun on Sunday claimed that the couple’s dog had inflicted “Freddy Krueger-like injuries” on a child during a playdate. The story, titled “Elton’s Dog Did This To My Girl”, was picked up by a number of other publications including the Mail Online, the Mirror and the Evening Standard.
John and Furnish filed a lawsuit against News Group Newspapers (NGN) that same month and on Friday accepted “significant” libel damages.
“This allegation is false,” the couple’s solicitor, Jenny Afia, told Mr Justice Nicklin at London’s High Court on Friday (via ITV). “The truth is that the injuries were not serious, and the claimants, far from ignoring the incident, made several inquiries about the girl’s welfare to her father and nanny. Each time it was confirmed the girl was fine.”
She added: “I am pleased to say that the newspaper has now accepted unequivocally that this allegation was false and seriously defamatory. As a result, it has agreed now to apologise to Sir Elton John and David Furnish, and to pay significant damages as well as to reimburse their legal costs.”
NGN’s solicitor, Jeggrey Smele, said that the defendant “offers its apology” and “is pleased that the matter has been amicably resolved.”
John is currently on his Farewell Tour and will be kicking off a series of shows in Canada on September 25 in Toronto.